1. Outrigger arm(s) of a canoe, joining the float (ama) to the hull fore and aft.
Kua tāpeka ‘aia i te kiato o te vaka.
He lashed on the canoe’s outrigger arms.
2. A rank in Maori society: a member of an ariki, rangatira or mata‘iapo family living on their land; outsiders may sometimes be ranked as kiato.
Kua ‘akamana‘ia ‘aia ‘ei kiato.
He was honoured with the title of
kiato. (See tākiato.) [Pn. *kiato.]