Hawaiian

noun Ha·wai·ian \ hə-ˈwä-yən , -ˈwī-(y)ən , -ˈwȯ-yən \

Definition of Hawaiian

1 : a native or resident of Hawaii; especially : one of Polynesian ancestry
Note: In Hawaii, the word Hawaiian is understood as an ethnic designation for a native person of Polynesian descent, and its use in the more general sense "a resident of Hawaii" is considered an error.
2 : the Polynesian language of the Hawaiians

Hawaiian

adjective

First Known Use of hawaiian

1840

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HAWAIIAN Defined for Kids

Hawaiian

noun Ha·wai·ian \ hə-ˈwä-yən \

Definition of Hawaiian for Students

1 : a person born or living in Hawaii
2 : the language of the Hawaiians

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