Main definitions of lei in English

: lei1lei2

lei1

Pronunciation /leɪ//ˈleɪi/

noun

  • A Polynesian garland of flowers.

    • ‘See first-hand how a fragrant flower lei is created at the lei stands that line Maunakea Street in Honolulu's Chinatown.’
    • ‘I insisted everyone wear straw hats and sunglasses and flower leis.’
    • ‘Please quit hanging rainbow flower leis on your rearview mirrors.’
    • ‘She's wearing a lei, and Chris complains about it.’
    • ‘He had a bunch of surfing posters, a huge orange surf board against his wall, and the headboard of his bed was decorated with leis.’
    • ‘Some people go to Hawaii and come back with leis and ukuleles.’
    • ‘The professional courses cover everything from basic floral arrangements and dried flower decoration to the art of making leis and gift baskets.’
    • ‘More firmly grounded in Hawaiian culture is the lei, a colorful wreath of fresh flowers or other decorative objects worn around the neck.’
    • ‘Hawaii reveals its magic from the start, when sweet floral leis are offered in the traditional island welcome.’
    • ‘Victorious motor racing drivers have laurels hung around their necks and in Hawaii visitors are greeted with welcoming leis.’
    • ‘Her sister Caroline Laba, who works at the Bythesea Road store, was joined by colleagues for a day of grass skirts, leis and garish shirts.’
    • ‘Girls in grass skirts handed out fresh leis flown in from Hawaii.’
    • ‘At the small terminal, arrivals were greeted with traditional leis made from tropical flowers.’
    • ‘People give the gift of a lei, a necklace of flowers.’
    • ‘Everyone was wearing leis and smiling into the camera.’
    • ‘When we arrived at the village, our hosts greeted us warmly with leis.’
    • ‘More recently, the competition has crept up to Hawaii's backyard, threatening the production of Hawaiian flower leis.’
    • ‘Finally, the place for flower leis is along Maunakea Street; try Cindy's or one of a dozen other lei shops.’
    • ‘Its centerpiece was a cracked glass vase brimming with fake Hawaiian leis and a bouquet of cheep plastic flowers.’
    • ‘The candidates were delighted that the public came to cheer them on and present leis of flowers to wish them luck.’
    festoon, wreath, chain, loop, ring, circle, swathe, swag
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Origin

Hawaiian.

Pronunciation

lei

/leɪ//ˈleɪi/

Main definitions of lei in English

: lei1lei2

lei2

  • plural form of leu

Pronunciation

lei

/leɪ/