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

Definition of tiki

: a wood or stone image of a Polynesian supernatural power

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Spain, in turmoil from the start, was sent home in the round of 16, signaling the end of the tiki-taka tactics behind the country's title run in 2010. Rob Harris, Fox News, "No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax," 15 July 2018 Featuring animatronic animals, a Polynesian atmosphere, and nonalcoholic tiki drinks, the Tiki Room quickly became a hit with visitors to the California theme park. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 The ballroom was strung with punchy paper lanterns and the bars were covered in the same tiki-style palm fronds as seen in the show. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The Jimmy Buffett Musical Escape to Margaritaville Makes Its Big, Boozy Broadway Debut," 16 Mar. 2018 Instructions: Mix two parts pink grapefruit juice to one part cinnamon syrup for a classic tiki syrup called Don’s Mix. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 The scenic beachscape was even complete with its own tiki hut and mini boardwalk, which Karl later took his final bow on. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Turned Its Runway Into a Beach—Complete With an Ocean and Lifeguards On Duty," 2 Oct. 2018 The night before the car attack, the Unite the Right attendees marched on a statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia — the now-infamous tiki torch march. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Aubtin Heydari was nearly killed at the Charlottesville rally last year. This is his story.," 10 Aug. 2018 Shake for 20-30 seconds and strain into a tiki mug or Collins glass. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Recipes survive gone-but-not-forgotten culture of 1950s," 2 June 2018 But in the world of tiki, the Escondido artist is a legend. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018

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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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