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[loo-ou, loo-ou] /luˈaʊ, ˈlu aʊ/
a feast of Hawaiian food, usually held outdoors and usually accompanied by Hawaiian entertainment.
a cooked dish of taro leaves, usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken.
Origin of luau
1835-45; < Hawaiian lū'au Unabridged
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Examples from the web for luau
  • It simply brought indoors the technology of the luau pit or the clambake.
  • All that, and you don't have to sit through a bad luau.
  • There is more to do on the island than the stereotypical luau or hula show that's often marketed to tourists.
  • Dine at a luau dinner show or at one of the park's nine restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
  • The wedding party celebrated with a private reception and luau.
British Dictionary definitions for luau


/luːˈaʊ; ˈluːaʊ/
a feast of Hawaiian food
a dish of taro leaves usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken
Word Origin
from Hawaiian lu'au
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Word Origin and History for luau

Hawaiian party or feast, 1853, from Hawaiian lu'au, literally "young taro tops," which were served at outdoor feasts.

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