• WordNet 3.6
    • v powwow hold a powwow, talk, conference or meeting
    • n powwow (informal) a quick private conference
    • n powwow a council of or with Native Americans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Powwow A priest, or conjurer, among the North American Indians. "Be it sagamore, sachem, or powwow ."
    • Powwow Any assembly characterized by noise and confusion; a noisy frolic or gathering.
    • Powwow Any meeting assembled to discuss an issue; a parley.
    • Powwow Conjuration attended with great noise and confusion, and often with feasting, dancing, etc., performed by Indians for the cure of diseases, to procure success in hunting or in war, and for other purposes.
    • Powwow To hold a meeting to discuss an issue.
    • Powwow To hold a noisy, disorderly meeting.
    • Powwow To use conjuration, with noise and confusion, for the cure of disease, etc., as among the North American Indians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n powwow As applied to the North American aborigines: A priest; a conjurer.
    • n powwow A conjuration performed for the cure of diseases.
    • n powwow A dance, feast, or other public celebration preliminary to a grand hunt, a council, a war expedition, or some similar undertaking.
    • n powwow Hence Any uproarious meeting or conference; a meeting where there is more noise than deliberation.
    • powwow As applied to the North American aborigines, to perform a ceremony with conjurations for the cure of diseases and for other purposes.
    • powwow Hence To hold a consultation; deliberate over events.
    • powwow To hold any noisy meeting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Powwow pow′wow a Red Indian conjurer: a dance, feast, &c. before an expedition: any rowdy meeting
    • v.i Powwow to hold such a meeting: to deliberate: to perform conjurations.—Also Paw′waw
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In literature:

They held a powwow at their camp site.
"Project Mastodon" by Clifford Donald Simak
These wanted to hold a powwow.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
So camp right here, and to-morra we'll powwow.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Some other time we'll have a good powwow, old chap.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
No, I could see they wanted to get off alone and hold a powwow.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
You and Moncourt and I must have a powwow as soon as possible.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
We can have a good powwow over the play.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
He opened a solemn powwow with the chiefs of the Fraser.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Anyways, ye got to admit Hozy's still with us and sassy as ever, and he wouldn't been if Timmy Ryan hadn't been round to powwow for him.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
A powwow resulted, but it was brief.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various

In news:

This week's events: PCC Winter Powwow , theater, and teen artists in the spotlight.
During the Second Annual Environmental Powwow , Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club will show how to escape the heat and become cool.
Powwow will honor many tribes, one spirit.
The competition, for dancers age 56 to 59, was part of the Gathering of Nations Powwow at The Pit on Friday.
Damien Bear, an American Indian from Iowa, dances in the Men's Original category at the Gathering of Nations Powwow at The Pit.
Three-year-old Kairi Ashley gets help from his grandfather, Edison Owens Jr, as he puts on his headdress in the stands at The Pit while preparing to dance at the Gathering of Nations Powwow .
Ashley, a Navajo from Gallup, danced at the powwow Friday.
Below is a schedule of powwows for 2012.
Spotted Bird Powwow April 6-8 Elk City Convention Center.
Symposium of the American Indian Powwow April 13-14 Northeastern State University Tahlequah.
Talihina Indian Festival Powwow April 14 Talihina Public School Gym.
Across Oklahoma, American Indian tribes will hold powwows throughout 2012.
Throughout Oklahoma, American Indian tribes celebrate their rich heritage and culture in powwow celebrations.
A Power Powwow For The Ms. Go To Businessweek.com.
Within the first hour of opening, the annual thunder and lightning Powwow brought out hundreds of people.