AskDefine | Define Maori

Dictionary Definition



1 an ethnic minority speaking Maori and living in New Zealand
2 the Oceanic language spoken by the Maori people in New Zealand

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈmaʊri/, /"maUri/
  • Rhymes: -aʊri


  • From Maori language term maori, meaning "aborigine", "native", "normal", "ordinary", or "plain".

Alternative spellings

  • Māori: Preferred usage in Māori text. Macrons recommended by Māori Language Commission to indicate long vowel sounds in Māori words. Macrons also used in New Zealand English texts with Māori-related content.
  • Mäori: Alternative usage in Māori text where macrons not available.
  • Maaori: Alternative usage in Māori text with limited character sets.


  1. Of, from, or pertaining to the Maori.


of, from, or pertaining to the Maori


  1. Language of the Maori.
  2. Indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  3. Member of the people of New Zealand.


language of the Maori
  • Finnish: maorin kieli
indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Finnish: maorit
  • Russian: маори
member of the people of New Zealand
  • Finnish: maori
  • Russian: маори

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

This article discusses the Māori people of New Zealand. For other meanings see Māori (disambiguation).
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