ti·​ki | \ˈtē-kē \

Definition of tiki 

: a wood or stone image of a Polynesian supernatural power

Examples of tiki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Three Dots and a Dash The Saturn, a 1960s tiki drink made with gin, lemon, passion fruit falernum and orgeat, gets topped with a negroni float to create the Saturn + Negroni ($15) at the River North tropical bar. Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, "12 Chicago spots to get your Negroni on this week," 4 June 2018 Based on the original in Miami Beach, the bar transplants an aesthetic that’s part haute hippie, part tiki to the middle of the concrete jungle. John Ortved, New York Times, "What 8 Thirsty Scenesters Wore to the Broken Shaker Bar," 4 July 2018 In the 1990s, tiki culture started coming back in style. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018 See also: Meet the Louisville bar owner putting a bourbon twist on the traditional tiki drink 8th race DON'T TELL MARGE was extremely impressive breaking her maiden in her first try over the turf course while coming off of an eight-month layoff. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's free picks for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 29 June 2018 The bar also offers a floating tiki cruise ($30, cash bar aboard the boat) that runs up and down the river. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Summer 2018 guide to Chicago's Riverwalk," 7 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tiki.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tiki

Dictionary Entries near tiki





tiki bar



Statistics for tiki

Last Updated

16 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tiki

The first known use of tiki was in 1777

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on tiki

See words that rhyme with tiki

Comments on tiki

What made you want to look up tiki? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!