ali'i

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See also: alii, aliʻi, and Ali'i

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian aliʻi, from Proto-Polynesian *qariki.

Noun[edit]

ali'i ‎(plural ali'i)

  1. (Hawaii, now historical) A member of a noble Hawaiian family.
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press 2012, p. xx:
      The chiefs also conscripted the commoners into armies and for countless years, warfare periodically erupted among rival ali‘i, who fought over land, fishing rights, and perceived insults.

Samoan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *qariki

Noun[edit]

ali'i

  1. noble

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