Maori

noun
Mao·​ri | \ ˈmau̇(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce Maori (audio) \
plural Maori or Maoris

Definition of Maori

1 : a member of a Polynesian people native to New Zealand
2 : the Polynesian language of the Maori people

First Known Use of Maori

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Maori

Maori māori, literally, normal, ordinary

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The first known use of Maori was in 1828

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“Maori.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maori. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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Maori

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How to pronounce Maori (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Maori

: a member of the original people living in New Zealand
: the language of the Maori people

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