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[hou-lee, -ley] /ˈhaʊ li, -leɪ/
noun, Sometimes Disparaging.
(among Polynesian Hawaiians) a term used to refer to a non-Polynesian, especially a white person.
(among Hawaiians) a term formerly used to refer to any foreigner.
Origin of haole
1835-45; < Hawaiian: white person, (earlier) foreigner, foreign
Usage note
Haole is usually considered to be a neutral descriptive term. However, it is sometimes used with disparaging intent, arising from a distrust of foreigners or outsiders. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There he was, like any haole, driving straight toward the end determined.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • So it befell at last that he was recommended to a haole in Beritania Street.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson

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