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 On the Friday before the Millville race, teams wheel their cars through the event’s main garage, where Rood, dressed in a judge’s robes and a Hawaiian lei, gives his appraisal. Michael Dobuski, ABC News, 4 July 2022 The House of Mana Up – an oasis for conscious shoppers lost in a sea of plastic lei. Sarah Burchard, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Many of the people who spoke at the May board meeting noted that bestowing a lei at graduation is a symbolic way to bring past generations into the present day. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 Like the cover of the soundtrack album, the Elvis spud holds a ukulele and wears a red Hawaiian shirt and yellow lei. Ken Budd, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Jezzerrelli Asia-Togia, who graduated from East on Tuesday afternoon, stood near family as a woman approached to put a lei over her head, on top of a stack that already reached up to her chin. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Per the Global Times’ Ji Yuqiao, the hybrid figure rests its hands on a lei drinking vessel; another type of vessel known as a zun is painted on the statue’s head in vermillion hues. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2022 Suzuki tells us that the VGT-s styling was inspired partly by the current model Swift Sport and partly by the 660cc turbocharged Cappuccino lei sports car of the early 1990s. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 28 May 2022 Taiko drumming, feather work and lei-making from Hawaii, calligraphy from Japan and China, as well as music will be featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lei

Noun (1)

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lei

Noun (1)


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“Lei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lei. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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