la·​nai lə-ˈnī How to pronounce lanai (audio)
plural lanais
: a roofed porch : veranda
… a covered porch is called a "lanai" in Hawaii …Sanette Tanaka
… Honolulu landscape architect James C. Hubbard used four L-shaped extensions to broaden an entry lanai.Sunset
… my feelings are just as ambivalent and I sit on the front lanai of my rented bungalow in Palm Springs, California …Douglas Coupland

Example Sentences

a low-slung Hawaiian beach house with an open-sided lanai to catch the tropical breezes
Recent Examples on the Web Laze on the private lanai with a circular wooden hot tub and lounge chairs, before descending even further into the forest of ohia trees to turn on the fire pit. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 27 Dec. 2022 One of the master suites has a large covered lanai. Jessica Flint, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 An architect created drawings for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, complete with energy-efficient appliances and a covered lanai. Rob Perez, ProPublica, 26 Nov. 2022 The home has lots of glass and wood accents, a wine cellar that wraps around the staircase and accordion doors that open to the lanai and infinity edge pool. Dustin Wyatt, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Dec. 2022 Two more petroglyph tiles are cast rogue from the rest, set into the floor of a lanai, beneath a round glass table where the Charlots often relaxed. Matthew Dekneef Mariko Reed, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2022 The beachfront resort boasts 1,310 refreshed guest rooms, including 135 suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony (lanai) that showcases the island’s natural beauty. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 5 Nov. 2022 There are two ocean-view suites, each with a bedroom, loft, bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, and private lanai. Jessica Flint, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 Eight inches of water floated above the kitchen window looking onto their lanai. Janine Zeitlin, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Hawaiian lānai

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lanai was in 1823

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“Lanai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

La·​nai lə-ˈnī How to pronounce Lanai (audio)
variants or Lana'i
island of Hawaii west of Maui and south of Molokai area 141 square miles (367 square kilometers)

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