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


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 Its four-bedroom Aster house has a master suite, an open kitchen with waterfall island, and a lanai. TheWeek, "6 homes perfect for growing your own food," 17 May 2020 Outdoor space: Lush vegetation obscures the house from the road in front; a lanai off the living room and a patio surrounding the swimming pool fill out the back. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.5 Million Homes in Florida, Illinois and California," 15 Apr. 2020 Features: Four-bedroom, four-bathroom contemporary beach house that includes an outdoor kitchen, covered lanai and a swimming pool., "Getaway: Contemporary beach house at Kaua’i’s Kukui’ula resort," 13 Apr. 2020 Out back, arched openings lead to a landscaped patio with a pool, lanai, bar and city views. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Damon Dash’s former Beverly Hills villa seeks $5 million," 9 Apr. 2020 Outside, lakefront views and an outdoor lanai complete with summer kitchen and a fireplace make for the perfect place for entertaining. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Museum-like, lakefront Woodlands mansion hits the market at $2.4 million," 24 Feb. 2020 The blueprint, which is sold by TVfloorplans, features four bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath, a kitchen, a sun room, a two-car garage, a lanai, and verdant landscaping. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy a Blueprint of the Golden Girls House," 20 Dec. 2019 The upper level includes a queen-size bed and smaller lanai. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Vacation in a Treehouse at a Hawaiian Volcano," 6 Jan. 2020 As for designing a lanai, stick to bright shades that can complement the outdoors. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "What Is a Lanai, Other Than the Key to an Endless Summer?," 2 July 2019

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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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The first known use of lanai was in 1823

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22 May 2020

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“Lanai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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