pa·reu | \ˈpär-ā-(ˌ)ü \
variants: or pareo

Definition of pareu 

: a wraparound skirt usually made from a rectangular piece of printed cloth and worn by men and women throughout Polynesia

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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, "InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa," 20 Oct. 2017

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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