[ ki-wah-nis ]
/ kɪˈwɑ nɪs /


an organization founded in 1915 for the promulgation of higher ideals in business, industrial, and professional life.

Origin of Kiwanis

allegedly < American Indian: to make oneself known
Related formsKi·wa·ni·an, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kiwanis

British Dictionary definitions for kiwanis


/ (kɪˈwɑːnɪs) /


a North American organization of men's clubs founded in 1915 to promote community service
Derived FormsKiwanian, noun

Word Origin for Kiwanis

C20: alleged to be from an American Indian language: to make oneself known
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kiwanis


businessmen's and professionals' society, formed in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., in 1915, the name is of obscure meaning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper