Kanaka meaning

kə-näkə, -năkə
A Hawaiian.
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A person of Hawaiian descent.
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A South Sea Islander, especially one brought to Australia as a laborer in the 1800s and 1900s. Often used disparagingly.
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(historical) A South Pacific Islander, especially a labourer in Australia or Canada.
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A person born in the South Sea Islands.
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A Hawaiian of Polynesian ancestry; a Native Hawaiian. Often used disparagingly.
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Origin of kanaka

  • Hawaiian human being, Kanaka

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1840. From Hawaiian kanaka (“person”), ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *taŋata.

    From Wiktionary