Definition of luau in English:



  • A Hawaiian party or feast, especially one accompanied by some form of entertainment.

    ‘the hotel's nightly luau has been moved indoors’
    • ‘These Tongan American school children are singing at a luau celebrating a new road being built in Milolii, Hawaii.’
    • ‘If the networking event is a Hawaiian luau, consider leaving the suit jacket in the car.’
    • ‘Liz sneaked a quick glance at her watch and reasoned with herself that she could take a shower and get a few hours of sleep before she went down to the beachside again to attend a luau the hotel was putting on that night.’
    • ‘Their favorite experiences were simple pleasures - a beach picnic, a guided waterfall hike, and a luau on their final night on the island.’
    • ‘He had went with her to get an interview with that newspaper, he had gone with her to get her car fixed and remodeled, he had accompanied her to formal events and costume parties, luaus and clubs.’
    • ‘After the afternoon watersports, a festive luau was held under the stars adjacent to the village structures.’
    • ‘Hawaii is known for luaus and when you are on Kauai you should definitely attend a luau.’
    • ‘You will enjoy the food, music, dance, and sites of the luau and it will be an experience that will stay with you long after your vacation ends and you return to your real life.’
    • ‘You can go to a luau, take the kids to a discovery museum, listen to Hawaiian musicians strumming soft guitars or just stare at the moon.’
    • ‘You're here, at a Hawaiian luau, and you order a martini?’
    • ‘The surfers lay their boards out on the grass of a nearby park and kick back with a free luau including salmon and veggie burgers, speeches on how to organize to protect coastal water quality and a performance by a Hawaiian Hula dance group.’
    • ‘The luau was down on the beach, a large bon fire had been started by the time they got there, just as the sun was setting, and food was already laid out.’
    • ‘She threw her stuff for the luau into a plastic bag.’
    • ‘They were long staff-style torches mounted at an angle to the floor, looking like those usually associated with Hawaiian luaus.’
    • ‘Due to rain, the group didn't get to experience a traditional luau, but otherwise got a good taste of island life.’
    • ‘Okay… so the owner likes to surf AND slaughter pigs for luaus.’
    • ‘Will you be attending a luau, an upscale restaurant, dances or parties?’
    • ‘The ultimate Hawaiian food event will always be the luau, so families should make a point to attend one on any island.’
    • ‘They decided that the Saturday night they would go to a luau that was being held on North Shore.’
    • ‘Most visitors only try it at a luau, often minus the proper accompanying dishes.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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From Hawaiian lu'au.