la·​va·​la·​va ˌlä-və-ˈlä-və How to pronounce lavalava (audio)
: a rectangular cloth of cotton print worn like a kilt or skirt in Polynesia and especially in Samoa

Examples of lavalava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other examples include the lavalava, a rectangular wrap-around skirt worn by Polynesians, and the longyi, a tubular skirt worn by both men and women in Myanmar. Frances Solá-Santiago,, 22 Sep. 2021

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Word History


Samoan, clothing

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lavalava was in 1891

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“Lavalava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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