Definitions

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

  • interj. Chiefly Hawaii Used as a traditional greeting or farewell.

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  • interj. hello
  • interj. goodbye
  • interj. I love you
  • n. an utterance of aloha

Etymologies

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

Hawaiian.

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From Hawaiian aloha ("love"), in turn from Proto-Polynesian *qarofa

Examples

  • “Claire set the right tone when she explained the different meanings of the word aloha.”

    The Aloha Quilt

  • The word aloha, in foreign use, has taken the place of every English equivalent.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Outsiders may be puzzled to learn that "aloha" - is employed as well both as a salutation of greeting, and a benediction for departure.

    Barack Obama and the Summer of Aloha

  • Prompted perhaps by the easeful climate and available plenty with which the Hawaiian isles are endowed, "aloha" - at heart implies a quality of acceptance, in both people and place, an appreciation of things being what they are.

    Barack Obama and the Summer of Aloha

  • As a doctrine of universal acceptance, Hawaiian "aloha" - resonates with Hebraic "rachmones" -- universal empathy, and with the Zulu "ubuntu" -- universal harmony so often cited by Bishop Tutu.

    Barack Obama and the Summer of Aloha

  • In the midst of the dinners and lunches, the luaus (Hawaiian feasts) and poi-suppers, and swims and dances in aloha (love) to both of them, his time and inclination were claimed by the crowd of lively youngsters of old Kohala days who had come to know that they possessed digestions and various other internal functions, and who had settled down to somewhat of sedateness, who roistered less, and who played bridge much, and went to baseball often.

    The Kanaka Surf

  • The Hawaiian word aloha means many things and is often used as a greeting to say hello and to say goodbye.

    A Week of "Alohas"

  • Barack's been called Imua Obama, a true son of Hawaii, and he's said that he believes that Americans need the spirit of aloha, which is an all inclusive aesthetic that values everyone, regardless of racial or class lines.

    Archive 2008-12-26

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hawaii is a very special place and we have something here called the aloha spirit.

    CNN Transcript Feb 18, 2008

  • And we're known for having the spirit of aloha, which is compassion toward others.

    CNN Transcript Feb 19, 2008

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  • it functions like 'hi, there'!

    April 7, 2012

  • it functions like 'hi, there'!

    April 7, 2012

  • Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion, mercy, goodbye, and hello, among other sentiments of a similar nature.

    _Wikipedia

    February 17, 2008

  • A contronym meaning both hello and goodbye.

    January 31, 2007