[ huh-wahy-uhn, -wah-yuhn ]

  1. of or relating to Hawaii or the Hawaiian Islands.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Hawaii or the Hawaiian Islands.

  2. the aboriginal language of Hawaii, a Polynesian language.

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Origin of Hawaiian

First recorded in 1815–25; Hawaii + -an

Words Nearby Hawaiian

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How to use Hawaiian in a sentence

  • Hats are produced from it in the Pacific Islands, those from the Hawaiian group being especially well known.

    Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
  • We got to go to the Hawaiian Garden now, because it's the only place that's free!

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • The noted Hawaiian band was there playing welcome, as it often does to incoming steamship companies.

    Gospel Doctrine | Joseph F. Smith
  • From my grandfather's library I dug up a book on the Hawaiian Islands, written by some missionary.

    Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
  • A third plan of action was to take advantage of the popularity of the Hawaiian letters, and deliver a lecture on the same subject.

British Dictionary definitions for Hawaiian


/ (həˈwaɪən) /

  1. of or relating to Hawaii, its people, or their language

  1. a native or inhabitant of Hawaii, esp one descended from Melanesian or Tahitian immigrants

  2. a language of Hawaii belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family

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