[ loo-ou, loo-ou ]
/ luˈaʊ, ˈlu aʊ /


a feast of Hawaiian food, usually held outdoors and usually accompanied by Hawaiian entertainment.
a cooked dish of taro leaves, usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken.


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Origin of luau

First recorded in 1835–45, luau is from the Hawaiian word lū'au Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for luau

/ (luːˈaʊ, ˈluːaʊ) /


a feast of Hawaiian food
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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