Definition of wahine in US English:

wahine

noun

  • 1A Maori or Polynesian (especially Hawaiian) woman.

    • ‘While visitors and guests enjoy a large variety of BBQ seafood, beautiful wahines and exciting kahunas put on a fabulous Polynesian dance Show, all for 500 baht per person.’
    • ‘We want to show an example to our young ones, like the wahine from Tikipunga who are here today.’
    • ‘On the back of the cards was a picture of a Maori wahine, or a ‘questionable mass-produced image of Kiwiana kitsch’.’
    • ‘Tiger Woods poses with wahine hula girls and the winner's trophy after his victory in the 23rd PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday.’
    • ‘When a few hundred cult Christians who do not recognise wahine or whenua and who do not vote here in NZ can turn an election on its ear then we are already drinking from the Texas teapot of Hori Ngahere.’
    1. 1.1US A young woman, especially a surfer.

Origin

Maori, Hawaiian, and other Polynesian languages.

Pronunciation

wahine

/wäˈhēnē/