Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A garland of flowers, especially one worn around the neck.
  • n. Plural of leu.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A garland of flowers in Hawaii.
  • n. Plural form of leu.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. For scientific words so beginning, see li-, lio-.
  • n. Any ornamental dress for the head or neck, especially a necklace or a wreath of leaves and flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes

Etymologies

Hawaiian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hawaiian lei (Wiktionary)
Romanian lei (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Grooms mostly earn a maile lei, which is surely masculine and drapes loosely around the neck.

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  • This definitely isn't "media," and it's probably not "culture," although the little pooch does seem to be wearing a lei, which is, er, kind of cultural, right?

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  • This is reflected in the modern Chinese character for the English meaning "tired", "累" ,lei, which is a picture of a field - the work of men - above a picture of a coil of silk - the work of women. gunpowder they had no intention of using it as a weapon; instead, it was developed in the Tang dynasty as a formula for immortality by religious Daoist (daojiao - 道教) alchemists.

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  • A lei should be a welcomed celebration of one person's affection to another.

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  • Cheesy though it may sound, vivo per lei which is actually a wonderful Andrea Bocelli song, but it's about la musica.

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  • The lame jokes where people were getting leis put around their necks which prompted them to quip in wacky fashion: "I haven't been 'lei'd' in years!"

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  • 'aina i ka pono (For the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness) I mau aloa'a ka lei

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  • For example, when my student who returned from Hawaii gave me a beautiful "lei," I used it to decorate the classroom god's head.

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  • My Italian has changed - I have developed a strange accent, I accidentally say Spanish words, and I forget to use "lei" instead of "tu" in appropriate situations - and people still embrace me.

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  • Proposto em 2005 pelo senador Eduardo Azeredo e agora em tramitação no Senado, o projeto de lei [...] 5 July 2009, 11: 18 am

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