marae

noun

ma·​rae
məˈrī
plural marae or maraes
1
: a Polynesian temple enclosure used for worship or sacrifice or other religious ceremonies
2
: a square or similar open area before a Maori tribal or family meetinghouse used for formal reception of guests or other formal functions

Word History

Etymology

Tahitian & Maori

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“Marae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marae. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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