Definition of piupiu in English:



  • A traditional Maori skirt made of dried flax leaves, worn by both sexes.

    ‘you expect kilts in Scotland, the way tourists expect piupiu here’
    • ‘His band wear their piupiu with an odd mix of pride and self-consciousness.’
    • ‘Children will have a special kids' dress-up area as part of the exhibition so they can put on piupiu and take part in weaving workshops.’
    • ‘A couple dressed in piupiu push a baby stroller through a parking lot from a kapa haka festival.’
    • ‘The international media's attention was drawn sharply to a heavily tattooed Maori warrior, wearing nothing but a flax skirt (piupiu) with a black thong.’
    • ‘Usually the men do not wear anything under the piupiu.’
    • ‘There is a photo of him having a piupiu wrapped around him by a Maori woman at Wellington airtport.’
    • ‘He said that they would be wearing underwear underneath their piupiu.’
    • ‘Looks like he cut half his piupiu off at the back.’
    • ‘He was wearing the korowai, or cloak, that adorns great chiefs - and a piupiu, or flax skirt, that gently swayed in the breeze.’
    • ‘Any Muslim who attends Waitangi Day Celebrations is welcome "whether they're wearing a burqa or a piupiu".’


Late 19th century: Maori.