[ kee-lou-ey-ah, -ey-uh, kil-oh- ]

  1. an active volcano on the Island of Hawaii: the youngest of the five shield volcanoes that form the island and the most active, having erupted almost continuously since 1983. 4,091 feet (1,247 meters).

Origin of Kilauea

First recorded in 1840–45; from Hawaiian: literally, “much spreading, spewing”

Words Nearby Kilauea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Kilauea in a sentence

  • Kilauea is more than two hundred miles southeast of Honolulu, and thirty miles inland from the port of Hilo.

    Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills
  • For a century Kilauea has been almost continuously active with a lake or lakes of molten lava.

    Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills
  • A world of prejudice, all the world to her, stood between her and Kilauea.

    The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
  • If we had seen nothing but Kilauea since we Page 272left home, we should have been well rewarded for our long voyage.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' | Annie Allnut Brassey
  • We were next allowed liberty of forty-eight hours on shore, which we improved by visiting the volcano of Kilauea.

    Torrey's Narrative | William Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for Kilauea


/ (ˌkiːlɑːuːˈeɪə) /

  1. a crater on the E side of Mauna Loa volcano, on SE Hawaii island: the world's largest active crater. Height: 1247 m (4090 ft). Width: 3 km (2 miles)

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