noun (1)
\ ˈlā How to pronounce lei (audio) , ˈlā-ˌē How to pronounce lei (audio) \

Definition of lei

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wreath or necklace usually of flowers or leaves


noun (2)
\ ˈlā How to pronounce lei (audio) \

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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Rainbow flags adorned apartment towers, townhouses, storefronts, scaffolding and people: on their T-shirts, dresses, lei-like necklaces, socks and shoes. James Barron, New York Times, "Pride Parade: 50 Years After Stonewall, a Joyous and Resolute Celebration," 30 June 2019 Her Spring 2019 show opened and closed with swimsuits: first, a stripy crochet maillot layered under bike shorts and a glass-and-leather belt, and last, a teeny-tiny, zebra-striped bikini accessorized with a bougainvillea lei. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Considering the Real-Life Applications of Spring 2019’s Haute Swimwear," 25 Oct. 2018 The tradition is to return the lei to the earth when you’re done with it. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 The service is a major highlight, with ginger-mint lemonade, a cold towel, and a lei offered at check-in. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Shortly after arriving at Bondi Beach, the duchess received an unexpected accessory to complete her look—a pink floral lei. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Striped Martin Grant Dress for a Walk on Bondi Beach in Sydney," 18 Oct. 2018 In Dragnea's case, prosecutors estimated the damages at 108,000 lei ($27,000). Fox News, "Romanian party leader convicted of graft vows to change laws," 22 June 2018 One by one, each is welcomed with a lei made of the most fragrant fresh flowers. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of lei

Noun (1)

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lei

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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