luau

[loo-ou, loo-ou]
noun
  1. a feast of Hawaiian food, usually held outdoors and usually accompanied by Hawaiian entertainment.
  2. a cooked dish of taro leaves, usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken.

Origin of luau

First recorded in 1835–45, luau is from the Hawaiian word lū'au
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Examples from the Web for luau

Contemporary Examples of luau

  • Around midnight, she and her husband Lennie Hayton dropped by the Luau, a faux-Polynesian restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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    Lena Horne's Stormy Past

    James Gavin

    May 10, 2010

  • But the Luau incident gave her a sobering look at the truth.

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    Lena Horne's Stormy Past

    James Gavin

    May 10, 2010

  • While police led him to the door, Hayton rushed Horne out of the Luau, then home to the Ambassador.

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    Lena Horne's Stormy Past

    James Gavin

    May 10, 2010

  • Here it takes a tropical twist, with chunks of sweet pineapple, so it's right at home at a luau.

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    What to Eat

    Cookstr.com

    July 28, 2009

Historical Examples of luau

  • "Luau is the Hawaiian name for feast," Mrs. Beaumont explained.

    The Four Corners in Japan

    Amy Ella Blanchard

  • The pupil ate the luau, the teacher placed the package of salt on the altar, and the service was complete.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • The occasion of an outdoor festival, an ahaaina or luau, was made the opportunity for the exhibition of this dance.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • Luau (lu-a)--greens made by cooking young taro leaves; in modern times a term applied to a Hawaiian feast.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • The Tahitian "native" feast does not differ in any salient particulars from the often-described Hawaiian luau.


British Dictionary definitions for luau

luau

noun
  1. a feast of Hawaiian food
  2. a dish of taro leaves usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken

Word Origin for luau

from Hawaiian lu'au
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Word Origin and History for luau
n.

Hawaiian party or feast, 1853, from Hawaiian lu'au, literally "young taro tops," which were served at outdoor feasts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper