kamaaina

noun
ka·​ma·​ai·​na | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈī-nə How to pronounce kamaaina (audio) \

Definition of kamaaina

: one who has lived in Hawaii for a long time

Examples of kamaaina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the town of Waikoloa‘s course, upslope from the Kohala shore, where kamaaina play as do knowing visitors. Ken Van Vechten, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2019 Strong flavors are ascendant here, with nuances that only a kamaaina might understand, like ahi with white onions (clean and sweet) versus ahi with scallions (mellower). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2018 Strong flavors are ascendant here, with nuances that only a kamaaina might understand, like ahi with white onions (clean and sweet) versus ahi with green onions (mellower). Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of kamaaina

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kamaaina

Hawaiian kama'āina, from kama child + 'āina land

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The first known use of kamaaina was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Kamaaina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kamaaina. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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