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lei1

[ley, ley-ee] /leɪ, ˈleɪ i/
noun, plural leis.
1.
(in the Hawaiian Islands) a wreath of flowers, leaves, etc., for the neck or head.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Hawaiian

lei2

[ley] /leɪ/
noun
1.
plural of leu.

leu

[le-oo] /ˈlɛ ʊ/
noun, plural lei
[ley] /leɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a coin and monetary unit of Romania, equal to 100 bani.
Abbreviation: L.
Also, ley.
Origin
1875-80; < Romanian: literally, lion, a designation based on Turkish arslanlι (arslan lion + -lι adj. suffix), name given to the Dutch rijksdaalder, which circulated in the later Ottoman Empire and bore the image of a lion
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Examples for lei
  • Guests also receive a lei and a tropical drink while waiting for the evening's events to begin.
  • Add a floral lei to any outfit for a festive occasion.
  • His landmark statue, which faces the street, is often adorned with flower lei.
  • Activities range from bamboo pole fishing to kite flying, and lei making and learning the ukulele.
  • Several children's activities are held throughout the week, including lei-making, hula lessons and ukulele lessons.
  • Many of the resorts offer kids' activity programs, including hula and lei making.
British Dictionary definitions for lei

lei1

/leɪ/
noun
1.
(in Hawaii) a garland of flowers, worn around the neck
Word Origin
from Hawaiian

lei2

/leɪ/
noun
1.
the plural of leu

leu

/ˈleɪuː/
noun (pl) lei (leɪ)
1.
the standard monetary unit of Romania and Moldova, divided into 100 bani
Word Origin
from Romanian: lion
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Word Origin and History for lei
lei
1843, from Hawaiian, "ornament worn about the neck or head."
leu
monetary unit of Romania, introduced 1867, lit. "lion." Monetary names in the Balkans often translate as "lion" because Du. gold coins stamped with lions circulated widely in the region in the 17c. and the word for "lion" came to be a word for "money" in some languages in the region.
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lei in Medicine

Leu abbr.
leucine

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Encyclopedia Article for lei

a garland or necklace of flowers given in Hawaii as a token of welcome or farewell. Leis are most commonly made of carnations, kika blossoms, ginger blossoms, jasmine blossoms, or orchids and are usually about 18 inches (46 cm) long. They are bestowed with a kiss as a sign of hospitality. The traveler customarily tosses the farewell lei onto the harbour waters as his ship leaves; the drift of the lei back to the shore indicates that he will someday return to the islands. The custom of wearing leis originated with the indigenous Hawaiians, who wove necklaces of leaves or ferns or sometimes strung dried shells, fruits, beads, or bright feathers for personal adornment. Hawaiians celebrate Lei Day on May 1, symbolizing their tradition of friendliness.

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