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


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)

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 The oversize lanai of this three-bedroom home on the Big Island looks out on Hilo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Week Staff, The Week, 13 June 2021 There’s a hot tub, a fire pit, and a private lanai—or, a covered porch—perfect for enjoying Hawaii’s tropical climate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2021 Additional features include a laundry room, air conditioning and ceiling fans, a private, heated swimming pool and furnished lanai with BBQ plus a two-car garage. Roger Sands, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 An outdoor covered lanai overlooks an infinity pool and the ocean beyond. Lisa Chamoff, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 My room's white shutters opened to a private lanai with views of palms, exotic flowers, and a banana tree laden with bunches of fruit. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2020 Local design firm The Vanguard Theory gave the 94 rooms a midcentury tropical flair by using bright colors and groovy, vibrant fabrics, and each one comes with its own outdoor lanai. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, 14 June 2021 The white Hawaiian-plantation-style main building with a wraparound lanai (or porch) conceals an incredible sculpture garden. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The extended family would all visit Marjorie’s brother in Maui, with impromptu family reunions on the lanai. Matthias Gaffney, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2021

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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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“Lanai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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