kia ora

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Maori kia ora.

Interjection[edit]

kia ora

  1. (New Zealand) Expressing good will or gratitude.

Maori[edit]

Interjection[edit]

kia ora

  1. A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence.
  2. An expression of gratitude (similar to cheers!).
  3. An expression of support or agreement (similar to hear hear).

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