plural marae or maraes
: a Polynesian temple enclosure used for worship or sacrifice or other religious ceremonies
: 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


Tahitian & Maori

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“Marae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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