(in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman.
Slang. a young woman surfer.
- Also vahine.
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How to use wahine in a sentence
The more usual word would be “kupuna”, for respected elder, and in the case of a grandmother, “kupuna wahine.”
Kiha-wahine went to Poliahu, but could not fill the water-jar.
This was the Alii-wahine-o-ka-malu (the queen of shadows), dwelling in the moon.
Hiiaka was accompanied by wahine-oma'o--the woman in green--a woman as beautiful as herself.Unwritten Literature of Hawaii | Nathaniel Bright Emerson
He inquired for the wahine haole (foreign woman), and presented his bit of wood, saying that he would sell it for a dollar.
Ounauna saw her passing back and forth, and said, "What are you seeking, O Kiha-wahine?"
British Dictionary definitions for wahine
(esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife
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