kanaka

[ kuh-nak-uh, -nah-kuh, kan-uh-kuh ]
/ kəˈnæk ə, -ˈnɑ kə, ˈkæn ə kə /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a native Hawaiian.
a South Sea islander.

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Origin of kanaka

<Hawaiian: person

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British Dictionary definitions for kanaka

Kanaka
/ (kəˈnækə, ˈkænəkə) /

noun

(esp in Hawaii) a native Hawaiian
(often not capital) Australian any native of the South Pacific islands, esp (formerly) one abducted to work in Australia

Word Origin for Kanaka

C19: from Hawaiian: man, human being
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