ti·ki | \ˈtē-kē \

Definition of tiki 

: a wood or stone image of a Polynesian supernatural power

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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 Executive chef Jason Hall’s menu — call it elevated state-fair fare — includes spiral fries, boozy cupcakes, and tiki punches for 15, served in disco balls. David Walters, The Cut, "15 New Outdoor Wedding Reception Venues in New York City," 13 Apr. 2018 Just aim for a nice shade of light blue or off-white to avoid that tiki torch-bearing, economically insecure vibe. Liz Raiss, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 13 Apr. 2018 Mahiki is a tiki-themed nightclub that opened in Mayfair in 2006 and attracted celebrity clientele like Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "I Went to Prince Harry’s Favorite London Nightclub and Waved Goodbye to the World’s Most Eligible Bachelor," 21 May 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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