[ mah-aw-ree, -oh-ree, mou-ree, mah-ree ]


, plural Ma·o·ris, (especially collectively) Ma·o·ri
  1. a member of the Native Polynesian population of New Zealand.
  2. a Polynesian language, the language of the Maoris.


  1. of or relating to the Maoris or their language.


/ ˈmaʊrɪ /


  1. -ri-ris a member of the people living in New Zealand and the Cook Islands since before the arrival of European settlers. They are descended from Polynesian voyagers who migrated in successive waves from the ninth century onwards
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family


  1. of or relating to this people or their language

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Example Sentences

Hoka One One is a phrase from the language of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori that loosely translates as “to fly over the earth.”

Wagner’s team could find only a few historical examples of such twining, including borders on cloaks of the Maori people, an Indigenous group in New Zealand.

New Zealand-based streamer Broxh uses Twitch as a vehicle to keep Maori traditions alive.

From Ozy

His followers and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern alike see him as a role model for showing youth how to make a living while helping to preserve Maori culture.

From Ozy

In the case of the Whanganui River, tens of thousands of people have learned how the Maori tribes that live along the Whanganui treat the river as their ancestor and see themselves as its guardians.

The Haka, a traditional Maori dance, is best known as the pregame ritual of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

However one Maori king has refused to meet the royals saying the 45-minute window he was allotted was not sufficiently respectful.

Named after the Maori forest god, the largest living kauri has stretched to 167 feet in height in its 1200-plus years.

Sollecito confesses his disdain and distrust of his Pugliese lawyer Tiziano Tedeschi and his Perugian lawyer Luca Maori.

Garnish with purple Maori potato, vegetables and lightly fried kawakawa leaves.

(For the purpose of these figures "Maori" means of the half-blood or more).

During this same period there were 1,433 non-Maori offenders, or 72 per cent of those delinquents.

She was down in the school registers as Sarah Moses, Maori, 16 years and three months.

He saw the Maori come out strong in her face, and he knew the Maori had got the better of everything, husband and friends and all.

As in the Maori myth, one of the children of Heaven stood apart and did not consent to the deed.


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