Definition of Maori in English:


nounMaori, Maoris

  • 1A member of the aboriginal people of New Zealand.

    • ‘Analysing the examples of the Maoris in New Zealand, the Aborigenese in Australia and the Quebecois in Canada he clarifies the special case of ethnocultural nationalism of the Indians.’
    • ‘Aborigines, Maoris and even Mexicans think he is a fighter for economic justice in the Third World.’
    • ‘The Maoris of New Zealand and the Khoikhoi and the Africans of South Africa had, however, featured prominently in the concerns of British humanitarians.’
    • ‘These paints were immediately popular with the Indians of the Northwest Coast of America and the Maoris of New Zealand because their paint never dried hard.’
    • ‘By the time the Europeans arrived, only a few centuries after the Maoris invaded New Zealand, the last moa was gone.’
    • ‘I explain that those Maoris are New Zealand citizens, and that those Pacific Islanders who are Niueans and Cook Islanders are New Zealand citizens.’
    • ‘At that time, there were around 100,000 Maoris living in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Only the Maoris of New Zealand outnumber the Samoans among Polynesian groups.’
    • ‘In 1642, the Dutch navigator, A. J. Tasman, reached New Zealand where Polynesian Maoris were inhabitants.’
    • ‘Intermarriage between Maoris and Pakehas (the Maori term for whites) is common.’
    • ‘Aboriginal culture is nomadic, whereas Maoris tended to settle in fixed communities.’
    • ‘Most affected are the indigenous Maoris and the Pacific Islander groups who have migrated to New Zealand over the past 30 years.’
    • ‘The Zulu War reminds one of similar discreditable campaigns against the Dervishes, Afghans, Boers and Maoris.’
    • ‘Joe and about 70 other Maoris arrived in Sydney from New Zealand to take up jobs for the Olympics.’
    • ‘The number of Maoris playing the game in New Zealand has dropped off in the past decade, dramatically so in Auckland.’
    • ‘Tattooing the skin by pricking and staining with dye reflects the use of woad by Celtic warriors, warpaint by North American Indians, and tattooing by Maoris.’
    • ‘The two communities coexisted until 1835, when a group of Maoris hijacked a British ship in Wellington and sailed it to the Chathams.’
    • ‘He later became an MP and denounced what he considered the colonial government's ‘dishonourable’ dealings with the Maoris.’
  • 2mass noun The Polynesian language of the Maoris, with about 100,000 speakers.

    • ‘I did not grow up using Maori language or really understanding tikanga Maori.’
    • ‘He spoke fluent Maori and often lapsed into the language in his writing.’
    • ‘Especially with languages as different in their origins as English and Maori, this is not possible.’
    • ‘He said something in Maori, and people who cannot speak Maori did not know what it meant.’
    • ‘It was forbidden to speak Maori within the school grounds that she attended on the East Coast.’
    • ‘One can now get up, speak in Maori, get double the time, and thus cut off the ACT party.’
    • ‘Sometimes Bev hears a string of words in Maori in her sleep that she notes down when she wakes.’
    • ‘Like all other languages that have grown up in an oral tradition, Maori has been a performance language.’
    • ‘I use te reo Maori as part of my journey, learning the language, and as a sign of my respect and love for te reo.’
    • ‘The member does not know whether we were translating English into Maori, or Maori into English.’
    • ‘It has its own grammatical structure different from that of either English or Maori.’
    • ‘As the member has reiterated, Maori is an official language and that is where it stands.’
    • ‘He gave a very good rendition of that recital as it is, in Maori, and then requested that it be translated.’
    • ‘I do not want to say that in Maori, because somebody might ask me to interpret what I really mean.’
    • ‘If they can't cope in English how would they cope in Maori or any other second language.’
    • ‘She went straight into kura kaupapa Maori and is now a very fluent speaker of te reo.’
    • ‘I can translate my own Maori, just in case somebody does not understand what I am talking about.’
    • ‘There is a requirement in this House that speeches be given in English or Maori.’
    • ‘This bill goes through a complicated recital of grievance, in English and in Maori.’
    • ‘He was enrolled to major in English and Maori, but he found that it was not the place for him.’


  • Relating to the Maoris or their language.

    • ‘We are not talking here just about Maori land, language, culture, and things like that.’
    • ‘It was emphasised that the programme was not an introduction to Maori culture and language.’
    • ‘Many of the Maori tribes had made it clear that they would not support any Maori party that was exclusive or separatist.’
    • ‘Of course it isn't right but, for us Maori folk, this is our daily battle.’
    • ‘The collection also includes other Maori art forms such as carving, tukutuku panels and flax weaving.’
    • ‘The PM has announced an inquiry into the allegations that the SIS spied on Maori groups.’
    • ‘We've just witnessed a ground breaking and probably farcical Maori by-election.’
    • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi was an agreement between Maori chiefs and the Crown.’
    • ‘This situation would have created considerable problems if there had been a large number of Maori seats.’
    • ‘At the south end we have those Maori palisades lining the road but the entrance to the CBD is a line of white crosses.’
    • ‘Maori representation could be up to list selection, rather than Maori seats.’
    • ‘It is a history-mystery as bad science collides with Maori culture and starts to shake the present.’
    • ‘It's about a poor urban Maori community, domestic violence and the triumph of the human spirit.’
    • ‘Although some do need help or training in managing their new assets and starting up new Maori businesses.’
    • ‘In this case, here are the relevant sections outlining the protection of Maori interests.’
    • ‘One nomination has been received so far for the region's three new Maori constituency seats.’
    • ‘The character of Maori interactions with the State is not a major theme of your book.’
    • ‘Demographers will say that the Maori population is younger than average and children don't pay tax.’
    • ‘Public Health nurses visited the Maori communities and attended to babies and school children.’
    • ‘Oh, I mean, take us out into the bush and show us an authentic Maori village as if it was a couple hundred years ago.’

The Maoris arrived in New Zealand as part of a series of waves of migration from Tahiti, probably from the 9th century onwards. They lost large amounts of land in the colonization of New Zealand by the British, and now number about 280,000


The name in Maori.