noun, often capitalized
pa·​ke·​ha | \ ˈpä-kə-ˌhä How to pronounce pakeha (audio) , ˈpa-kē-ə How to pronounce pakeha (audio) \
plural pakeha or pakehas

Definition of pakeha

chiefly New Zealand
: a person who is not of Maori descent especially : a white person

Examples of pakeha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Waititi noted that pakehas were the ones most likely to complain about his depiction of Maori life. Dan Kois, New York Times, "The Superweirdo Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pakeha

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Pakeha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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