Definition of Maori in US English:



  • 1A member of the aboriginal people of New Zealand.

    • ‘The number of Maoris playing the game in New Zealand has dropped off in the past decade, dramatically so in Auckland.’
    • ‘These paints were immediately popular with the Indians of the Northwest Coast of America and the Maoris of New Zealand because their paint never dried hard.’
    • ‘Analysing the examples of the Maoris in New Zealand, the Aborigenese in Australia and the Quebecois in Canada he clarifies the special case of ethnocultural nationalism of the Indians.’
    • ‘The Maoris of New Zealand and the Khoikhoi and the Africans of South Africa had, however, featured prominently in the concerns of British humanitarians.’
    • ‘I explain that those Maoris are New Zealand citizens, and that those Pacific Islanders who are Niueans and Cook Islanders are New Zealand citizens.’
    • ‘Intermarriage between Maoris and Pakehas (the Maori term for whites) is common.’
    • ‘Most affected are the indigenous Maoris and the Pacific Islander groups who have migrated to New Zealand over the past 30 years.’
    • ‘The Zulu War reminds one of similar discreditable campaigns against the Dervishes, Afghans, Boers and Maoris.’
    • ‘Only the Maoris of New Zealand outnumber the Samoans among Polynesian groups.’
    • ‘Joe and about 70 other Maoris arrived in Sydney from New Zealand to take up jobs for the Olympics.’
    • ‘The two communities coexisted until 1835, when a group of Maoris hijacked a British ship in Wellington and sailed it to the Chathams.’
    • ‘In 1642, the Dutch navigator, A. J. Tasman, reached New Zealand where Polynesian Maoris were inhabitants.’
    • ‘He later became an MP and denounced what he considered the colonial government's ‘dishonourable’ dealings with the Maoris.’
    • ‘At that time, there were around 100,000 Maoris living in New Zealand.’
    • ‘By the time the Europeans arrived, only a few centuries after the Maoris invaded New Zealand, the last moa was gone.’
    • ‘Aboriginal culture is nomadic, whereas Maoris tended to settle in fixed communities.’
    • ‘Aborigines, Maoris and even Mexicans think he is a fighter for economic justice in the Third World.’
    • ‘Tattooing the skin by pricking and staining with dye reflects the use of woad by Celtic warriors, warpaint by North American Indians, and tattooing by Maoris.’
  • 2The Polynesian language of the Maori.

    • ‘I use te reo Maori as part of my journey, learning the language, and as a sign of my respect and love for te reo.’
    • ‘He gave a very good rendition of that recital as it is, in Maori, and then requested that it be translated.’
    • ‘It has its own grammatical structure different from that of either English or Maori.’
    • ‘Sometimes Bev hears a string of words in Maori in her sleep that she notes down when she wakes.’
    • ‘There is a requirement in this House that speeches be given in English or Maori.’
    • ‘Especially with languages as different in their origins as English and Maori, this is not possible.’
    • ‘The member does not know whether we were translating English into Maori, or Maori into English.’
    • ‘One can now get up, speak in Maori, get double the time, and thus cut off the ACT party.’
    • ‘He was enrolled to major in English and Maori, but he found that it was not the place for him.’
    • ‘If they can't cope in English how would they cope in Maori or any other second language.’
    • ‘I did not grow up using Maori language or really understanding tikanga Maori.’
    • ‘Like all other languages that have grown up in an oral tradition, Maori has been a performance language.’
    • ‘I do not want to say that in Maori, because somebody might ask me to interpret what I really mean.’
    • ‘He said something in Maori, and people who cannot speak Maori did not know what it meant.’
    • ‘She went straight into kura kaupapa Maori and is now a very fluent speaker of te reo.’
    • ‘I can translate my own Maori, just in case somebody does not understand what I am talking about.’
    • ‘This bill goes through a complicated recital of grievance, in English and in Maori.’
    • ‘As the member has reiterated, Maori is an official language and that is where it stands.’
    • ‘He spoke fluent Maori and often lapsed into the language in his writing.’
    • ‘It was forbidden to speak Maori within the school grounds that she attended on the East Coast.’


  • Relating to the Maori or their language.

    • ‘The character of Maori interactions with the State is not a major theme of your book.’
    • ‘The collection also includes other Maori art forms such as carving, tukutuku panels and flax weaving.’
    • ‘It's about a poor urban Maori community, domestic violence and the triumph of the human spirit.’
    • ‘It was emphasised that the programme was not an introduction to Maori culture and language.’
    • ‘At the south end we have those Maori palisades lining the road but the entrance to the CBD is a line of white crosses.’
    • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi was an agreement between Maori chiefs and the Crown.’
    • ‘Many of the Maori tribes had made it clear that they would not support any Maori party that was exclusive or separatist.’
    • ‘Of course it isn't right but, for us Maori folk, this is our daily battle.’
    • ‘In this case, here are the relevant sections outlining the protection of Maori interests.’
    • ‘Although some do need help or training in managing their new assets and starting up new Maori businesses.’
    • ‘Oh, I mean, take us out into the bush and show us an authentic Maori village as if it was a couple hundred years ago.’
    • ‘We've just witnessed a ground breaking and probably farcical Maori by-election.’
    • ‘The PM has announced an inquiry into the allegations that the SIS spied on Maori groups.’
    • ‘We are not talking here just about Maori land, language, culture, and things like that.’
    • ‘Demographers will say that the Maori population is younger than average and children don't pay tax.’
    • ‘This situation would have created considerable problems if there had been a large number of Maori seats.’
    • ‘Public Health nurses visited the Maori communities and attended to babies and school children.’
    • ‘Maori representation could be up to list selection, rather than Maori seats.’
    • ‘It is a history-mystery as bad science collides with Maori culture and starts to shake the present.’
    • ‘One nomination has been received so far for the region's three new Maori constituency seats.’


The name in Maori.