- a feast of Hawaiian food, usually held outdoors and usually accompanied by Hawaiian entertainment.
- a cooked dish of taro leaves, usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken.
Origin of luau
First recorded in 1835–45, luau is from the Hawaiian word lū'au
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Examples from the Web for luau
Around midnight, she and her husband Lennie Hayton dropped by the Luau, a faux-Polynesian restaurant in Beverly Hills.
But the Luau incident gave her a sobering look at the truth.
While police led him to the door, Hayton rushed Horne out of the Luau, then home to the Ambassador.
Here it takes a tropical twist, with chunks of sweet pineapple, so it's right at home at a luau.What to Eat
July 28, 2009
"Luau is the Hawaiian name for feast," Mrs. Beaumont explained.The Four Corners in Japan
Amy Ella Blanchard
The pupil ate the luau, the teacher placed the package of salt on the altar, and the service was complete.
The occasion of an outdoor festival, an ahaaina or luau, was made the opportunity for the exhibition of this dance.
Luau (lu-a)--greens made by cooking young taro leaves; in modern times a term applied to a Hawaiian feast.
The Tahitian "native" feast does not differ in any salient particulars from the often-described Hawaiian luau.In the Track of the Trades
Lewis R. Freeman
- a feast of Hawaiian food
- a dish of taro leaves usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken
from Hawaiian lu'au
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Word Origin and History for luau
Hawaiian party or feast, 1853, from Hawaiian lu'au, literally "young taro tops," which were served at outdoor feasts.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper