ti·​ki | \ ˈtē-kē How to pronounce tiki (audio) \

Definition of tiki

: a wood or stone image of a Polynesian supernatural power

Examples of tiki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tragic tiki torch has been wielded for years to enflame and stoke fear – without any evidence of validity (Sound familiar?). Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 20 Aug. 2021 Some of the city's top bartenders will take on each other's drinks personas when Bay View's Lost Whale and outdoor-tiki counterpart PufferFish trade places with the east side speakeasy Shanghai. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2021 Enjoy tasty tiki cocktails while enjoying live music. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 27 July 2021 Inspiration came from their favorite tiki spots —most of all Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, where the couple were members of the Rumbustion Society, a rum club. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 But now, planning ahead is the most common way to sip the Middle Eastern tiki drinks or share a plate of the house labneh. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 The tiki boats also operate out of Blossom Heath Park & Pier at 24800 Jefferson Ave. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2021 This Polynesian party in Plano’s Legacy Hall will include hula and fire dancers, a limbo competition, Bacardi Rum tiki cocktails for sale in souvenir cups and a Hawaiian pig roast dinner from the chefs of Dock Local. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2020 A few decades later, of course, tiki-taka would come to mean something else entirely. Rory Smith, New York Times, 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of tiki

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiki

Maori & Marquesan, from Tiki, first man or creator of first man

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“Tiki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiki. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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