Definitions for totemˈtoʊ təm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

to•temˈtoʊ təm(n.)

  1. a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. a representation of such an object or being serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.

    Category: Anthropology

  3. anything serving as a distinctive, often venerated, emblem or symbol.

Origin of totem:

1750–60, Amer.; < Ojibwa ninto·te·m my totem, oto·te·man his totem

to•tem′ic-ˈtɛm ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. totem(noun)

    a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object

  2. totem(noun)

    emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)


  1. totem(Noun)

    Any natural object or living creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family.

  2. totem(Noun)

    The representation of such object or creature.

  3. totem(Noun)

    The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.

  4. Origin: from (o)doodem(an)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Totem(noun)

    a rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan


  1. Totem

    Totem is a media player for the GNOME computer desktop environment which runs on GNU/Linux, Solaris, BSD and other Unix and Unix-like systems. It is officially included in GNOME starting from version 2.10, but de facto it was already included in most GNOME environments. Totem utilizes the GStreamer framework for playback, though until version 2.27.1, it could alternatively be configured to use the Xine libraries instead of GStreamer. Totem is included as the default media player in many GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu, Mandriva and others. Released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License, Totem is free software.

Anagrams of totem

  1. motet

  2. motte

Translations for totem

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an image of) an animal or plant used as the badge or sign of a tribe, among North American Indians etc.

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