marae

noun ma·rae \məˈrī\

Definition of marae

plural

marae

or

maraes

  1. 1 :  a Polynesian temple enclosure used for worship or sacrifice or other religious ceremonies

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of marae

Tahitian & Maori


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