hao·​le ˈhau̇-lē How to pronounce haole (audio)
Hawaii, sometimes disparaging + offensive
: one who is not descended from the aboriginal Polynesian inhabitants of Hawaii
especially : white

Word History



First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haole was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Haole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haole. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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