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Hawaiian

[ huh-wahy-uhn, -wah-yuhn ]
/ həˈwaɪ ən, -ˈwɑ yən /
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adjective

of or relating to Hawaii or the Hawaiian Islands.

noun

a native or inhabitant of Hawaii or the Hawaiian Islands.
the aboriginal language of Hawaii, a Polynesian language.

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Origin of Hawaiian

First recorded in 1815–25; Hawaii + -an

OTHER WORDS FROM Hawaiian

pro-Ha·wai·ian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Hawaiian

Hawaiian
/ (həˈwaɪən) /

adjective

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

noun

a native or inhabitant of Hawaii, esp one descended from Melanesian or Tahitian immigrants
a language of Hawaii belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
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