[ pahr-ey-oo ]
/ ˈpɑr eɪˌu /


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.

Origin of pareu

Borrowed into English from Tahitian around 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pareu


/ (ˈpɑːreɪˌuː) /


a rectangle of fabric worn by Polynesians as a skirt or loincloth

Word Origin for pareu

from Tahitian
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