noun, plural a·ri·ki.

(in Polynesia) a chief or king.

Origin of ariki

From Maori Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural ariki

NZ the first-born male or female in a notable family; chief

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