[uh-loh-uh, ah-loh-hah]

noun, interjection

hello; greetings.


friendly; hospitable; welcoming: The aloha spirit prevails throughout the islands.

Origin of aloha

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aloha

Contemporary Examples of aloha

  • In the Aloha State, Obama has endorsed and cut a radio ad for Neil Abercrombie, the incumbent governor.

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    Even Hawaii Hates Obama Now

    David Freedlander

    August 8, 2014

  • He spotted Nestor Gabriel Caballero Gutierrez, 39, of Aloha, Oregon, limping down the road.

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    Behind the Gert Boyle Kidnap Attempt

    Winston Ross

    November 27, 2010

Historical Examples of aloha

British Dictionary definitions for aloha


noun, sentence substitute

a Hawaiian word for hello, goodbye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aloha

1798, Hawaiian aloha, Maori aroha, an expression used in greeting or valediction, literally "love, affection, pity." Sometimes aloha 'oe, from 'oe "to you."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper