Definition of whare in English:

whare

noun

  • A Maori hut or house.

    • ‘Stuck inside the pa, there was nothing the tribe could do, except watch and wail as their waka turned into kindling, their whares and their stronghold, completely destroyed.’
    • ‘From there they went to Waitara, destroying crops and whares.’
    • ‘He might have grown up in a raupo whare, but he left a legacy of fine New Plymouth buildings - a staggering 315 in total.’
    • ‘During the school holidays, the Christoffel children would camp out in a workers' whare on the banks of the Mokau.’
    • ‘We stayed in an old whare at Kokoroa at the mouth of the Whangamoa River, an estuarine area with extensive mudflats.’
    • ‘Soon Chute's advancing army wiped out every settlement it came to, torching whares, destroying garden plots and killing anyone who resisted at Kiteonetea, Puketi, Weriweri, and Te Whenuku.’
    • ‘This lithograph by Petre shows the dwellings to be more substantial dwellings than the whares the settlers would have actually used.’
    • ‘After the ambush, bushrangers chased the war party through the bush, burning whares at Te Ahu Ahu Pa and Waikukupa Pa, both of which had already been abandoned.’
    • ‘Before they withdrew, Waikato and Te Maniapoto piled their dead on the roof of the temporary whare they'd built during the siege, setting fire to them so they couldn't be eaten by the enemy.’
    • ‘In 1924 the whare came back to New Zealand for the South Seas exhibition in Dunedin, and the Crown agreed to allow the university museum in Otago to exhibit the meeting house on permanent loan.’
    • ‘He was also worried about the health risks of rotting, derelict whare, which became breeding grounds for rats and vermin.’
    • ‘The owner of the whare had taken possession of von Tempsky's sword, which was preserved as a sacred relic, a taumahatanga, or offering to the gods.’
    • ‘They took some loot and burnt some whares and shot an old Maori.’
    • ‘Neither the cast iron bollard, nor the porthole that he unbolted were really much use in his whare on the farm, but both souvenirs went with him when he left, and on his later moves.’
    • ‘Paritutu had once stood somewhat taller, perhaps a metre, but the summit had been flattened by sheer hard work to make a level site for whare and kumara pits.’
    • ‘Maori scraped it with mussel shells, wove it into fishing nets, made eel traps and tukutuku panels to decorate whare.’
    • ‘Each whare contains spiritual dividers, spatial divisions, symbolic pointers and numerous meaningful artefacts, for example, kopaiti, ihonui, kauwhanga, tahuhu, kaho, paepae, rehutai and rukatai.’
    • ‘By mid September there were than 2,000 people in the settlement, 250 good houses had been built, and there were 230 whares and huts used for temporary accommodation.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

whare

/ˈwɒri/