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  1. lavalava.
  2. Also pareo. a length of cloth, especially of a brightly colored print, wrapped on the body like a lavalava and worn by women as a cover-up, skirt, dress, or the like.
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Origin of pareu

Borrowed into English from Tahitian around 1855–60
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Historical Examples

  • He wore only a pareu, and was tattooed from toenails to hair-roots.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

    Frederick O'Brien

  • Along the way we met Kanakas, looking very cool, dressed only in their pareu cloth.

  • I made a tourniquet of a strip of my pareu and, with a small harpoon, 30 twisted it until the flow of blood was stopped.

  • Nevertheless, as I smoked at ease in my pareu upon the paepae of my simple hosts I felt some misgivings rise in me.

  • His knife was in his pareu, which, to leave his legs unhampered, he had rolled and tucked in until it was no more than a G-string.

British Dictionary definitions for pareu


  1. a rectangle of fabric worn by Polynesians as a skirt or loincloth
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Word Origin

from Tahitian
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