lanai

noun
la·​nai | \ lə-ˈnī How to pronounce lanai (audio) , lä-\
plural lanais

Definition of lanai

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a roofed porch : veranda … a covered porch is called a "lanai" in Hawaii …— Sanette Tanaka … Honolulu landscape architect James C. Hubbard used four L-shaped extensions to broaden an entry lanai.Sunset … my feelings are just as ambivalent and I sit on the front lanai of my rented bungalow in Palm Springs, California …— Douglas Coupland

Lanai

geographical name
La·​nai | \ lə-ˈnī How to pronounce Lanai (audio) , 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

Noun

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

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With the islands of Molokai and Lanai as a stunning backdrop, whale watching in Kaanapali is as easy as walking out on your lanai. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Rooms feature lanais, rattan furniture, and carpeting with bamboo motifs. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Rooms feature lanais, rattan furniture, and carpeting with bamboo motifs. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Some have private lanai hot tubs, and all have ocean views and cathedral ceilings. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Rooms feature lanais, rattan furniture, and carpeting with bamboo motifs. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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

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First Known Use of lanai

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lanai

Noun

Hawaiian lānai

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