- (in the Hawaiian Islands) a wreath of flowers, leaves, etc., for the neck or head.
Origin of lei1
- plural of leu.
- a coin and monetary unit of Romania, equal to 100 bani. Abbreviation: L.
Origin of leu
Related Words for leibouquet, garland, pot, wreath, vase, ringlet, festoon, circlet, crown, bay, band, loop, coronet, laurel, ring, chaplet, lei, coronal, nosegay, posy
Examples from the Web for lei
Contemporary Examples of lei
Lei Huazhen is a handsome woman and unusually tall for an inhabitant of Sichuan.An Oral History of Mao’s Greatest Crime
November 24, 2013
If not for its political angles, the Lei exposé is hardly the most eye-catching of Chinese sex scandals.
Lei, 54, is now under investigation for allegedly giving profitable construction deals to both his mistress and his brother.
For while eager looters in the neighborhood were watching, so were Bobby Green, Lei Yuille, Terri Barnett, and Titus Murphy.Bob Tur, the L.A. Riots’ Eye in the Sky, on Reginald Denny & More
April 27, 2012
Historical Examples of lei
He said he could not receive their gift, but must wear his own lei.Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)
W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
But her picture was not worth five lei, as you can see for yourself.The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the gean
Edward Alexander Powell
At the same time Lei Chên-tzŭ was ordered to attack the two genii.
In the temples Lei Tsu is placed in the centre with the other four to right and left.
Lei us now glance at the rapid increase of the American Church up to our own day.
- (in Hawaii) a garland of flowers, worn around the neck
Word Origin for lei
- the plural of leu
- the standard monetary unit of Romania and Moldova, divided into 100 bani
Word Origin for leu
1843, from Hawaiian, "ornament worn about the neck or head."
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.