mahalo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian mahalo, from Proto-Eastern Polynesian *masalo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑˌhɑloʊ/, /məˈhɑloʊ/

Interjection[edit]

mahalo

  1. (Hawaii) thank you

Usage notes[edit]

The word is widely used in public notices in Hawaii, most visibly on trash cans, leading some tourists unfamiliar with the term to infer the meaning as “trash can”.

References[edit]

  • Hawaiian Words[1], accessed 2005 May 25

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Eastern Polynesian *masalo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maˈha.lo/, [məˈhɐlo]

Interjection[edit]

mahalo

  1. thank you
    Mahalo nui loa.‎ ― Thank you very much.

Noun[edit]

mahalo

  1. thanks, gratitude
  2. admiration, praise, esteem
    ka mea i mahalo ʻia, Mr. Kamaliʻi‎ ― the esteemed Mr. Kamali
    ʻO wau nō me ka mahalo.‎ ― Respectfully yours.
  3. regards, respects

Verb[edit]

mahalo

  1. to thank
  2. to admire, praise, appreciate

References[edit]

  • The Meaning of Hawaiian Words[2], accessed 2005 May 25