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 Hula dance show, lei-making, a ukulele lesson, a Spam-musubi workshop and Hawaiian food for lunch. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 The pair sported similar floral print outfits with Teigen completing her look with a lei while Luna wore a palm frond headpiece. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 14 Apr. 2022 During the stoppage that followed, Hawaii coach Bob Coolen presented Alo with a lei and Alo saluted the crowd. Ryan Aber, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2022 At Grand Wailea Maui, kids can weave a lauhala bracelet or ti leaf lei and collect stamps for each cultural activity in their Grand Passport. Sunny Fitzgerald, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2022 Honolulu's Chinatown has been many things since its founding in the 1840s: a nightlife destination, an arts hub, and one of the best spots in town to grab fresh lei. Kiera Wright-ruiz, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2022 The Regifter, a mix of earthy rum Agricole, cherry and garam masala, arrives in a comical glass depicting Santa as a lei-wearing mermaid; the ceramic tiki bowl for two is shaped like a hot tub with Santa and a reindeer relaxing inside. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 After the game, Sewell, who helped pave the way the Lions' 116-yard rushing performance and was in pass protection for all 57 of Goff's pass attempts, went to great his family in the stands and received a congratulatory lei from his mother. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 13 Sep. 2021 The hit film Blue Hawaii (in which a very tan Elvis strums a ukulele and dons a lei and floral shirt) followed, and from then on, mainland bartenders tied blue drinks to gauche tourist traps and their inauthentic faux-island aesthetic. Sophia Stewart, Bon Appétit, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Lei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lei. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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