pāreu

pāreu, (-a, -‘ia).

1. To wrap around the waist.

Kua pāreu te tamā‘ine i te tauera nā va‘o ake i tōna kāka‘u pā‘ī tai ē kua ‘aere ki ta‘atai.
The girl wrapped the towel around her waist over her bathing dress and went down to the beach;

Tē pāreū ra ‘a Ngā i tōna pāreu.
Ngāa is putting on his pareu.

2. n. Waist-wrap, kilt, dancing-skirt.

‘Ōmai taku pāreu, ka ‘aere au ka pā‘ī.
Give me my waist-wrap, I‘m going to take a bath;

Tē ‘iri pāreu kiri‘au nei mātou.
We are making dance-skirts of hibiscus bast.

3. Light floral cotton material from which pareu and dresses are made.

‘E pona pāreu tōna i ‘ao‘ao ei ki te ‘ura.
She wore a dress of

pāreu
material to the dance.
[7, -reu.]

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