Meaning of karakia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɑːrəˈkiːə/

nounplural noun karakia, plural noun karakias

New Zealand
  • A prayer or incantation.

    ‘the ceremony continued with hymns and karakia’
    • ‘I bet National does not start its caucus meeting with a karakia.’
    • ‘These karakia were to make their offspring plentiful for his food.’
    • ‘People rock up here every day and hear the Speaker give a wonderful karakia, a wonderful piece of Christianity.’
    • ‘There are some people who question the right of Pakeha to speak te reo, to practise kapa haka, to recite traditional karakia … all of which I do.’
    • ‘The group, many of them arm in arm, took off their shoes and let the waves lap at their feet while local iwi wailed karakia into the waves.’
    • ‘I want karakia to be said, because I don't think the shedding of blood should be taken lightly.’
    • ‘A brief offering of karakia (prayers) then precedes an opening meal of welcome before the sporting events commence.’
    • ‘Following a karakia the group was allowed to go on to the site where the students were able to touch the investiture pillar Taumakeva.’
    • ‘An older man said a karakia before the door was closed and the hearse drove away.’
    • ‘The Maori group did some speeches and a karakia in Maori.’


Mid 19th century Maori.