pa·​reu ˈpär-ā-(ˌ)ü How to pronounce pareu (audio)
variants or pareo
: a wraparound skirt usually made from a rectangular piece of printed cloth and worn by men and women throughout Polynesia

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Before Matthias left France, a tattoo artist made an exception to tattoo the young boy's arm with the depiction of a kneeling Tahitian woman wearing a flower pareu (pareo) and crown. Terry Ward, CNN, 24 Dec. 2021 At the one-of-a-kind Deep Ocean Spa, the first thalassotherapy center in French Polynesia, you’re given a pareu and flip-flops as an alternative to the staid robe and slippers. Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Oct. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pareu was in 1850

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“Pareu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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