lanai

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

Definition of lanai

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: 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other perks include a private golf chipping green on the front lawn of the property, an outdoor shower, and plenty of outdoor entertaining space on the Redwood deck lanai. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Beachfront paradise in Kauai asks $14M," 8 Aug. 2019 Pocketing walls of glass border a grand lanai, which holds a wet bar and an indoor spa. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Sugar Ray Leonard eyes a $52-million prize in Pacific Palisades," 27 July 2019 The enormous towel had helped us stretch out comfortably on the lanai to enjoy spring nights and the moon, planets and stars. Pam Dowd, orlandosentinel.com, "Losing a beloved pet is heartbreaking, and we can help ease the pain by honoring their legacies | Commentary," 14 July 2019 The house includes a Crestron home-automation system, multiple fireplaces and a lanai-style balcony. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Scottsdale mansion surrounded by Sonoran Desert landscape sells for $2.45M," 8 July 2019 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

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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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