alii

noun \äˈlēˌē\
variants: or

ariki

\äˈrē(ˌ)kē\ or

arii

\äˈrēˌē\

Definition of alii

plural

alii

or

ariki

or

arii

  1. :  a Polynesian chief, noble, or king

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Origin and Etymology of alii

Hawaiian & Samoan ali'i, Maori & Rarotongan ariki, Tahitian ari'i


First Known Use: 1825


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