variants or ariki
or arii
plural alii or ariki or arii
: a Polynesian chief, noble, or king

Word History


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

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alii was in 1825

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“Alii.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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