Definition of waiata in English:

waiata

noun

  • A Maori song.

    • ‘Just as a further clarification, often during a treaty settlement bill the gallery will contribute by way of either a waiata or applause, as we have just heard.’
    • ‘After performing a waiata the students presented Potikitaua-Taraare with a greenstone necklace and other gifts.’
    • ‘To this day, the waiata and chants expressed on the pa continue to manifest those principles.’
    • ‘So there is a sadness, but there is also the survival aspect that's sung about in a number of our waiata.’
    • ‘The Maori component includes some songs in traditional waiata style composed by Wi Kuki Kaa, and some engaging sounds from Richard Nunns playing Maori instruments.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

waiata

/ˈwʌɪətə/