[ 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 forms

Ki·wa·ni·an, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kiwanis


/ (kɪˈwɑːnɪs) /


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

Derived Forms

Kiwanian, noun

Word Origin for Kiwanis

C20: alleged to be from an American Indian language: to make oneself known
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