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lei1

[ley, ley-ee]
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noun, plural leis.
  1. (in the Hawaiian Islands) a wreath of flowers, leaves, etc., for the neck or head.
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Origin of lei1

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1835–45

lei2

[ley]
noun
  1. plural of leu.
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leu

[le-oo]
noun, plural lei [ley] /leɪ/.
  1. a coin and monetary unit of Romania, equal to 100 bani. Abbreviation: L.
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Also ley.

Origin of leu

1875–80; < Romanian: literally, lion, a designation based on Turkish arslanlι (arslan lion + -lι adj. suffix), name given to the Dutch rijksdaalder, which circulated in the later Ottoman Empire and bore the image of a lion
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Related Words

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British Dictionary definitions for lei

lei1

noun
  1. (in Hawaii) a garland of flowers, worn around the neck
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Word Origin

from Hawaiian

lei2

noun
  1. the plural of leu
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leu

noun plural lei (leɪ)
  1. the standard monetary unit of Romania and Moldova, divided into 100 bani
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Word Origin

from Romanian: lion
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Word Origin and History for lei

n.

1843, from Hawaiian, "ornament worn about the neck or head."

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leu

n.

monetary unit of Romania, introduced 1867, literally "lion." Monetary names in the Balkans often translate as "lion" because Dutch gold coins stamped with lions circulated widely in the region in the 17c. and the word for "lion" came to be a word for "money" in some languages in the region.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lei in Medicine

Leu

abbr.
  1. leucine
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