lu·​au ˈlü-ˌau̇ How to pronounce luau (audio)
: a Hawaiian feast

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Someday, users may be able to experience a luau by virtually traveling to Hawaii or watch someone cook traditional Irish foods in Dublin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Dec. 2022 The Aztecs spent another memorable week in Honolulu on this visit, which included a traditional luau, trip to Wet ‘n’ Wild water park and a somber tour of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2022 Think of the Golden State Warriors as the pig at a luau. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Dec. 2022 While in Hawaii, students will have an opportunity to attend a luau, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center and have some beach time. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 6 Dec. 2022 With a lighthouse and sandy Waikiki Beach, Winter Island Maritime Park in Salem seems like the perfect spot for a Hawaiian luau. Adam Sennott,, 1 July 2022 Considering the entire Johnson experience started out on a whim about who the kids would love to have attend their spring luau and dance, which celebrity will Vento and her team target next year? John Benson, cleveland, 1 July 2022 Two days on Kauai are next on the itinerary, with a journey to Waimea Canyon, a luau, hike, or kayak cruise among things to do before returning to Honolulu to disembark on Saturday morning. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2021 Hawaiian Style Guy and his family go deep-sea fishing, catch some waves and enjoy a luau in this new episode. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Hawaiian lū'au

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luau was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Luau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


lu·​au ˈlü-ˌau̇ How to pronounce luau (audio)
: a Hawaiian feast

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