pa·​ke·​ha ˈpä-kə-ˌhä How to pronounce pakeha (audio) ˈpa-kē-ə How to pronounce pakeha (audio)
plural pakeha or pakehas
often capitalized
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, 19 Oct. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pakeha was in 1817

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“Pakeha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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