- (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
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.
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Examples from the Web for haole
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