[ hou-lee, -ley ]
/ ˈhaʊ li, -leɪ /
noun Sometimes Disparaging.
(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.
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Origin of haole
1835–45; <Hawaiian: white person, (earlier) foreigner, foreign
usage note for haole
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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