la·​nai | \lə-ˈnī, lä-\

Definition of lanai 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: porch, veranda He would often sit on the front lanai of the bungalow with his dog.


geographical name
La·​nai | \lə-ˈnī, lä-\
variants: or Lana'i

Definition of Lanai (Entry 2 of 2)

island of Hawaii west of Maui and south of Molokai area 141 square miles (367 square kilometers)

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Synonyms for lanai

Synonyms: Noun

gallery [Southern & Midland], piazza [dialect], porch, stoop, veranda (or verandah)

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Examples of lanai in a Sentence


a low-slung Hawaiian beach house with an open-sided lanai to catch the tropical breezes

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the heated pool, outdoor fireplace and large covered lanai are what really set this Amelia Island gem apart. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Historic Victorian For Sale on Amelia Island Redefines Outdoor Living," 7 June 2018 So a lanai, or a covered patio, covered balcony or covered terrace all qualify? Marni Jameson,, "The Power of the Porch," 20 Mar. 2018 All rooms have their own lanai (balconies); some have ocean views. Martha Cheng, WSJ, "3 Perfect Days on Kauai: The Quintessential Hawaiian Island," 21 Mar. 2018 The latter features a pingpong table and a wet bar, which flows out to the lanai and pool area. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area expats go for informality amid luxe Hawaii," 8 Mar. 2018 Rooms feature lanais, rattan furniture, and carpeting with bamboo motifs. Condé Nast Traveler, "Fairmont Orchid," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lanai


1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lanai


Hawaiian lānai

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