ma·​rae | \ məˈrī \
plural marae or maraes

Definition of marae

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

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Tahitian & Maori

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“Marae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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