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 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, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 27 Aug. 2020 A few decades later, of course, tiki-taka would come to mean something else entirely. Rory Smith, New York Times, "A Matter of Taste," 1 May 2020 His half-sister Savannah has a list: crab legs, tiki drinks, a concert and dancing. Karina Bland, azcentral, "What will you do first when this is over? I have a list and it has hugs," 28 Apr. 2020 The brewery’s Beach Club series—sour ales and extra-strong wheat beers that evoke the flavors of tiki-style cocktails—practically screams spring and summer. Eric Velasco, al, "Local breweries focus on seasonal brews for spring," 23 Apr. 2020 Here are three lighters that will light a campfire, backyard grill, citronella candle, or tiki torch no matter the conditions. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Lighters Perfect for Any Outdoors Situation," 14 Apr. 2020 It is called Le Manumea, in memoriam, and tourists there gather in an atmosphere of thatch and tiki, unaware of the lingering sadness captured by the resort’s name. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "The Rich Meals That Keep Wild Animals on the Menu," 19 Mar. 2020 South Carolina — Edisto River Treehouses Start your river canoe adventure 13 miles upstream from a trio of off-the-grid treehouses equipped with propane grills, tiki torches and outhouses. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 That portion of the island already housed a gym, tiki hut, nature observation cabana and dive pavilion, according to the documents. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein's bizarre blue-striped building on private island raised alarm," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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