Definition of mihi in English:



  • A Maori greeting, formal welcome speech, or expression of thanks.

    ‘after the mihi Kirby gets down to business’
    • ‘There he was on election night standing as the pillar of society giving a mihi, and yet everybody there knew he was facing these charges.’
    • ‘It's also a mihi to Hirini for providing those great resources for us all.’
    • ‘He started off with a very long mihi, I am told, which was very good on pronunciation.’
    • ‘They show their appreciation when they are entertained by mihi of welcome in the Maori language.’
    • ‘The session ended with a mihi in te reo from two women in the audience.’
    • ‘Speaker David Carter opened proceedings with a prayer and Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta gave a mihi in Maori.’
    • ‘When I rose to welcome us all with a short mihi in Maori, my reception was a stunned and stony silence.’
    • ‘I began with a mihi and ended in a similar vein.’
    • ‘I can rattle off a mihi when I need to.’
    • ‘The concert, the region's largest Waitangi Day event, begins at 10am with a mihi whakatau - ceremonial welcome.’


[with object]NZ
  • Greet, formally welcome, or thank (someone)

    ‘I felt like I had to mihi them really warmly’
    no object ‘I mihi to him for his foresight and commitment’


Mid 19th century: Maori.