\ 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
\ 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)

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Examples of lei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, her dad wears a lemon-print brightly colored shirt, a lei, a green version of the same skirt over a pair of black shorts and purple flowers stuck into his backwards baseball cap. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Hillary Scott and Husband Create Sweet 'Luau' (at Home!) After Daddy-Daughter Dance Is Canceled," 15 Apr. 2020 The lei, for example, could refer to his home in Hawaii with wife Alexa PenaVega and their two children. 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 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 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

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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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28 May 2020

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“Lei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lei. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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