Hawaiian

noun

Ha·​wai·​ian hə-ˈwä-yən How to pronounce Hawaiian (audio)
-ˈwī-(y)ən,
-ˈwȯ-yən
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

Examples of Hawaiian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 2019, the uncontrolled gender pay gap has closed by 5 cents for Black, American Indian and Alaskan Native women, to 80 cents, 74 cents and 74 cents respectively, and by 4 cents for Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander women, to 79 cents, 80 cents and 80 cents, respectively. Josie Cox, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The big fish on their menu is the King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe, which is served on a King's Hawaiian Roll and includes a slice of Cheddar, tartar sauce, shredded lettuce, and tomato. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Low on funds, the pair stopped a while in the Sunshine State in order to accrue funds and got jobs as waiters in a restaurant called the Hawaiian Inn. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The earthquake on the Big Island, which occurred on the southeastern flank of Mauna Loa — the largest active volcano on the planet — had no apparent impact on it or the neighboring Kilauea volcano, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 The counter-service restaurant at 1515 Sports Drive, Suite 300 is not only a rare Sacramento concept dedicated to Hawaiian and Samoan foods, but a burgeoning cultural touchpoint for Pacific Islanders around the region. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 Her brand new stepsister, Taffy (Liza Soberano), is a cheerleader, a Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant winner, and an oracle of awful advice for her socially-awkward sibling. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Kula — where the population is much smaller and, on average, less diverse and more wealthy than that of Lahaina — is further along than the former capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 The study also did not look at other minoritized groups such as Latine, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and American Indian individuals. Dr. Angela Zhang, ABC News, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 29 Feb. 2024.

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Hawaiian

noun
Ha·​wai·​ian hə-ˈwä-yən How to pronounce Hawaiian (audio)
-ˈwī(y)ən,
-ˈwȯ-yən
1
: a person born or living in Hawaii
especially : one of Polynesian ancestry
2
: the Polynesian language of the Hawaiians
Hawaiian adjective

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