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: Noun (1)

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Examples of lei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the ceremony, in a nod to Pearl Harbor, Middleswart’s great-nephew, Phil Brown, placed a lei on the casket. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 At the end of their ukulele song, Biden clapped and student Eli Kaufusi gave the first lady a purple flower lei, placing it over the first lady’s head. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 Leis for the group and a haku lei, or floral crown, for the bride awaited them there. Jenny Block, New York Times, 20 May 2021 Each of their necks was encircled in a colorful, look-at-me lei. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 13 May 2021 Teacher Dane Hess introduced Eli Kaufusi, a student, who presented Biden with a purple lei. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 Ilai Kaufusi presents first lady Jill Biden with a traditional lei at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 Break out the sunscreen and throw on a lei because Louisville is headed to Maui in 2022. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2021 In addition, cultural events and classes like lei making, lauhala weaving, hula, and ukulele playing are presented. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021

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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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“Lei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lei. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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