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[lah-nah-ee, luh-nahy] /lɑˈnɑ i, ləˈnaɪ/
noun, plural lanais. Hawaiian.
a veranda, especially a fully furnished one used as a living room.
Origin of lanai
First recorded in 1865-70, lanai is from the Hawaiian word lānai roofed structure with open sides, porch


[lah-nah-ee, luh-nahy] /lɑˈnɑ i, ləˈnaɪ/
an island in central Hawaii: pineapple plantations. 141 sq. mi. (365 sq. km). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was sitting under the algaroba trees between the lanai and the beach.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • Kahoolawe, lanai, and Niihau are much the smallest of the group.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • And now for a word to the uninitiated concerning the lanai in question.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • A passage of about the same width divides it on the south from lanai.

    Torrey's Narrative William Torrey
  • An altar was to be erected at one end of the lanai and appropriately decorated.

  • Mrs. Marsden hesitated one moment, then stepped across the lanai, peered into the parlor and entered.

  • I had listened to tales of lanai and bund, but even in such company our skipper stood out as uniquely wicked.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • She took her computer out onto her lanai and looked out over the lake.


    Cory Doctorow
  • lanai (la-ni)--a shed or veranda; an open part of a house covered only by a roof.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for lanai


/lɑːˈnɑːɪ; ləˈnaɪ/
a Hawaiian word for veranda


/lɑːˈnɑːɪ; ləˈnaɪ/
an island in central Hawaii, west of Maui island. Pop: 3193 (2000). Area: 363 sq km. (140 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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