pakeha

noun, often capitalized
pa·​ke·​ha | \ˈpä-kə-ˌhä, ˈpa-kē-ə \
plural pakeha or pakehas

Definition of pakeha 

chiefly New Zealand

: a person who is not of Maori descent especially : a white person

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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

History and Etymology for pakeha

Maori

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