lei

noun (1)
\ ˈlā , ˈlā-ˌē \

Definition of lei 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a wreath or necklace usually of flowers or leaves

lei

noun (2)
\ ˈlā \

Definition of lei (Entry 2 of 2)

plural of leu

the basic monetary unit of Moldova and Romania — see Money Table

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Synonyms for lei

Synonyms: Noun (1)

choker, collar, dog collar, necklace

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Examples of lei in a Sentence

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There’s the lightsaber toting Skywalker OG or Maui Waui, who carries around a ukulele and wears a lei. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 This event is all about how many people can gather and make a difference with the inspiring symbolism of the lei, in a fun Hawaiian atmosphere. Heather Mcghee, Ramona Sentinel, "16th Annual 24-hour Relay for Life starts at 9 a.m. Saturday," 30 May 2018 On Aloha Nights every other Saturday in July and August, the garden is staging a cultural complement of activities, including lei making, hula lessons and ukulele performances. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 After coming ashore, Burgess was captured in photos sporting a pink lei and celebrating with onlookers. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Florida woman paddleboards from Cuba to Key West," 27 June 2018 But a lei can also be simply a tribute to the islands’ beauty, improvised from flowers foraged while wandering back roads. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Power of Wearing Flowers," 16 Feb. 2018 On Aloha Nights every Saturday in June and every other Saturday in July and August, the garden is staging a cultural complement of activities, including lei making, hula lessons and ukulele performances. New York Times, "24 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 The volunteers toiled four days, weaving the lei and inscribing seashells with the names of those killed at Pulse. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County History Center's Pulse exhibit stirs memories, hearts and tears," 7 June 2018 However, Leonard Barascu, heads of the Sanitas health union, said that at the same time some employees lost up to 1,100 lei ($290) of their net monthly pay. Washington Post, "Thousands of Romanian health workers protest salary cuts," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lei

Noun (1)

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lei

Noun (1)

Hawaiian

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lei

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lei

: a necklace of flowers that is given to a visitor in Hawaii

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