kanaka

[ kuh-nak-uh, -nah-kuh, kan-uh-kuh ]
/ kəˈnæk ə, -ˈnɑ kə, ˈkæn ə kə /
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a native Hawaiian.
a South Sea islander.

Nearby words

  1. kan.,
  2. kana,
  3. kana-majiri,
  4. kanae,
  5. kanak,
  6. kanamycin,
  7. kananga,
  8. kanara,
  9. kanarak,
  10. kanarese

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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Word Origin and History for kanaka

kanaka

n.

U.S. nautical and Australian name for "native of South Sea islands," 1840, from Hawaiian kanaka "man" (Samoan tangata).

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