kupuna

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See also: kūpuna

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian kupuna.

Noun[edit]

kupuna (plural na kupuna or kupuna or kupunas)

  1. A grandparent or elder.
    • 2001, Andrew Matzner, O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawaii's Mahu and Transgender Communities
      That's why, according to my kupunas, the chiefs had these male lovers. They were there to be with the chiefs as a friend and companion.

Hawaiian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kuˈpu.na/, [kuˈpunə]

Noun[edit]

kupuna (irregular plural kūpuna)

  1. grandparent
  2. ancestor

Synonyms[edit]