luau

noun

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

Examples of luau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the resort’s luau is one of Hawaii’s best—intimate in size with a captivating performance, delicious food and gorgeous backdrop of the ocean at sunset. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Feb. 2023 The luau will probably live on longer than the show. Fred Bronson, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 More than once, Benioff has thrown a Hawaiian luau at the World Economic Forum confab in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual Salesforce party. Dara Kerr, NPR, 28 Feb. 2024 Popular tourist activities like an evening luau or surfing lessons can be cheaper during these months. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 If a luau or beachfront dinner sounds more enticing than a multi-day hike, consider packing a sundress or two. Erin Johnson, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 If your hotel hosts a luau experience, which tends to be pricey, try to meet with the cultural director beforehand and learn more about what’s behind their specific show. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 So why not plan a wedding luncheon for 270 people, or a Hawaiian luau for 20? Leah Asmelash, CNN, 28 Jan. 2024 Last year, Jeff, the nudist, wandered around the festival grounds in a luau outfit that covered his genitals from most angles. Annalisa Quinn, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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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“Luau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luau. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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luau

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

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