Definition of palagi in English:

palagi

(also papalagi)

noun

  • (in Samoa) a white or non-Samoan person.

    as modifier ‘palagi guests’
    • ‘These men were all palagi and their signs were in French and English, with the only Samoan writing being insults.’
    • ‘They just thought it was funny a palagi being with them.’
    • ‘Later, other papalagi with less evangelical interests visited Samoa.’
    • ‘It was at school that his papalagi headmaster recognised the young boy's talents - awarding him a prize for his paintings.’
    • ‘He has something of a solitary nature, this palagi power broker.’

Origin

From Samoan papālagi.

Pronunciation

palagi

/ˈpɑːləŋi/