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[hoo-luh] /ˈhu lə/
a sinuous Hawaiian native dance with intricate arm movements that tell a story in pantomime, usually danced to rhythmic drumming and accompanied by chanting.
Also called hula-hula.
Origin of hula
1815-25; < Hawaiian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hula
  • Showering after gym went the way of hula hoops long ago.
  • Few would object to vegetable gardening and hula-hooping, but efforts around marketing food are more contentious.
  • hula-hooping converts are hoping it is the next big trend in fitness, but some exercise professionals are doubtful.
  • The ceremony concludes with music and hula performances at the historic site.
  • There is more to do on the island than the stereotypical luau or hula show that's often marketed to tourists.
  • At night there are the hula dancers to giggle at when their hips shake back and forth making a funny wiggle.
  • For example, if there are four students at a station, four hula-hoops should be provided.
British Dictionary definitions for hula


a Hawaiian dance performed by a woman
Word Origin
from Hawaiian
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Word Origin and History for hula

"traditional dance of Hawaii," 1825, from Hawaiian. As a verb from 1952. Hula hoop first recorded in fall of 1958, when it was a craze; so called from resemblance of motions of one using it to the dancers' hip circles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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