\ 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
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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)

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Examples of lei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His clue package also features a lei and a toolbox, among other items. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Astronaut on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Already Have Him All Figured Out," 13 Mar. 2020 Patricia Merz, the head of the private high school in Newport Coast, California, placed a lei in the appropriate college’s colors around each student’s neck. Daniel Golden Doris Burke, The New Yorker, "The Unseen Student Victims of the “Varsity Blues” College-Admissions Scandal," 25 May 2018 From the early days of the movement, there has been a concerted push for unity between the wo lei fei protesters and those who take more aggressive actions. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The Cantonese words at the heart of Hong Kong’s 2019 protest vocabulary," 23 Dec. 2019 Watch hula competitions and ukulele performances, craft a lei or plumeria painting and feast on kalua pork, huli huli chicken and other island foods. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Fleet Week, live jazz, a Native American powwow and more Labor Day weekend fun in and around SoCal," 28 Aug. 2019 Patricia Merz, the head of the private high school in Newport Coast, California, placed a lei in the appropriate college’s colors around each student’s neck. Daniel Golden Doris Burke, The New Yorker, "The Unseen Student Victims of the “Varsity Blues” College-Admissions Scandal," 25 May 2018 Specifically, the government adopted an emergency law that would have made official misconduct punishable by prison time only in cases in which the financial damage was more than 200,000 lei, or about $46,000. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Voters in Romania Reject Years of Scandals and Chaos," 24 Nov. 2019 Patricia Merz, the head of the private high school in Newport Coast, California, placed a lei in the appropriate college’s colors around each student’s neck. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, "An Unseen Victim of the College Admissions Scandal: The High School Tennis Champion Aced Out by a Billionaire Family," 8 Oct. 2019 Gabriel joked of lei that made its way across country from his home in Hawaii. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF QB Dillon Gabriel credits McKenzie Milton for helping him quickly adapt to lead Knights," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Mar 2020

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“Lei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lei. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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