Definition of kiva in English:



  • A chamber, built wholly or partly underground, traditionally used by male members of the Pueblo people for religious rites.

    ‘Tensions worsened when Spanish soldiers under Governor Juan Francisco Trevino sacked the Pueblos' sacred kivas.’
    • ‘Intriguing acoustic effects have also been noted at sites in the Americas, from Anasazi kivas in New Mexico, to Chichen Itza on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.’
    • ‘Pueblo kivas were built long before the Catholics came.’
    • ‘Several years ago, we built an outdoor celebration circle in the shape of a pueblo kiva where we begin the Easter sunrise services.’
    • ‘By 450 AD they were making pottery, and by 700-900 great kivas (round ceremonial chambers) were being built.’



/ˈkēvə/ /ˈkivə/


Late 19th century from Hopi kíva.