Definition of longhouse in US English:



  • 1The traditional dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indians.

    • ‘They danced inside and underneath the enormous longhouses, concluding the celebrations with the consumption of large amounts of prepared foods, including sago and yams.’
    • ‘The Iroquois traditionally lived in longhouses, impressively striking in appearance.’
    • ‘The Haida's reputation isn't well known south of the border, but their canoes, longhouses, and cedar totem poles represent a high point in North American art.’
    • ‘In the grounds behind the museum there are two longhouses in Haida tribal style, as well as ten more totem poles.’
    • ‘Next door is a towering log, stone and glass masterpiece modeled after a Native American longhouse that may be the most dramatic place you've ever taken a yoga class.’
    1. 1.1 A large communal village house in parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
      • ‘He's in charge of putting up this longhouse for the group to move into.’
      • ‘By AD 1500, settlements were large, pallisaded villages with longhouses and garden plots capable of supporting up to 250-300 people.’
      • ‘According to William M. Fenton, a longhouse typically held from six to ten nuclear families, each of about five or six persons, and two families shared every fire.’
      • ‘Families were encouraged to leave the longhouses and live separately on small farms so the men could work in their fields without being embarrassed by being seen doing women's work.’
      • ‘One late middle-aged man, an active farmer, was a regular smoker of local cigars (which he smoked both at the longhouse and at the distant rice farms).’
      • ‘Using Casselberry's formula, this indicates an increase from a population of 15 to 61 persons within a single longhouse.’