Definitions

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

  • n. A veranda or roofed patio.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Hawaiian-style roofed patio.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an island in the Hawaiian chain.
  • n. a veranda or roofed patio often furnished and used as a living room.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Hawaii, a bower, piazza, or porch.

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

  • n. an island of central Hawaii; a pineapple-growing area
  • n. a veranda or roofed patio often furnished and used as a living room

Etymologies

Hawaiian lānai.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hawaiian lanai. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Originally, a lanai was a lush Hawaiian-style porch entered through sliding doors from the living room, giving a sense of unbroken living space.

    Home Swell Home

  • Another highlight is the kitchen, which replaced what Pickell called a lanai or lean-to that was the family room and connection to the pool room.

    The Seattle Times

  • This is the view from our balcony which one is required by law to call a "lanai" in Hawai'i.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • About the size of a city lot and with 2 fellows there to greet you and help land your boat, we stumbled ashore over the coral and sat on the veranda ( 'lanai' to the locals) of a small rental 'cabin' and ate our PB and J sandwiches with our plantains and diet colas ..... how's that for mixing cultures?

    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • Located at 72-122 Lau'eki Street, the property features a gated center courtyard leading to the main residence, which includes an expansive master suite, great room, kitchen, dining room, outdoor "lanai" living area, and infinity pool with spa overlooking the Hualalai Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean.

    Luxury Property Blog

  • "The lanai is the favorite reception room, and here at any social function the musical program is given and cakes and ices are served; here morning callers are received, or gay riding parties, the ladies in pretty divided skirts, worn for convenience in riding astride,

    Following the Equator

  • Yet here she was, fresh from a shower, greeting Noble in her pumps and gold earrings for drinks on the lanai.

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • One of the full-timers from Ohio called out from his lanai.

    The Last Swim

  • Sometimes, during the traverse, looking ahead and anticipating the delightful lanai luncheons and dinners of Hawaii

    Chapter 32

  • Yet he knew them all -- gliding and revolving there on the broad lanai of the Seaside, the officers in their fresh-starched uniforms of white, the civilians in white and black, and the women bare of shoulders and arms.

    The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii:The House of Pride

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  • Always makes me think of Blanche Devereaux carrying a tray of ice tea.

    February 28, 2009

  • Seen on HGTV.

    November 20, 2008