Hawaiian

noun
Ha·​wai·​ian | \ hə-ˈwä-yən How to pronounce Hawaiian (audio) , -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

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Hawaiian adjective

First Known Use of Hawaiian

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Hawaiian was in 1840

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“Hawaiian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hawaiian. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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Hawaiian

noun
Ha·​wai·​ian | \ hə-ˈwä-yən How to pronounce Hawaiian (audio) \

Kids Definition of Hawaiian

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

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