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a garland of flowers worn around the neck
Not to be confused with:
lay – set down; place; past tense of lie
lie – rest in a horizontal position; recline
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lei 1

 (lā, lā′ē)
n. pl. leis or lei
A wreath of flowers or other objects such as shells, nuts, and feathers, worn especially around the neck.


lei 2

Plural of leu.
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(in Hawaii) a garland of flowers, worn around the neck
[from Hawaiian]


(Currencies) the plural of leu
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(leɪ, ˈleɪ i)

n., pl. leis.
(in Hawaii) a wreath of flowers, leaves, etc., worn around the neck.
[1835–45; < Hawaiian]



pl. of leu.
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A Hawaiian word for a garland of flowers worn around the neck.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lei - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposeslei - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
crown - a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
floral arrangement, flower arrangement - a decorative arrangement of flowers
bay wreath, laurel wreath, laurel - (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
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References in classic literature ?
Lore (two syllables) was a water nymph who used to sit on a high rock called the Ley or Lei (pronounced like our word LIE) in the Rhine, and lure boatmen to destruction in a furious rapid which marred the channel at that spot.
So he used to wander to the neighborhood of the Lei, evenings, with his Zither and "Express his Longing in low Singing," as Garnham says.
"It was on the evening before his departure, as he wished still once to visit the Lei and offer to the Nymph of the Rhine his Sighs, the tones of his Zither, and his Songs.
On the Lei rose flames, the Fairy stood above, at that time, and beckoned with her right hand clearly and urgently to the infatuated Knight, while with a staff in her left hand she called the waves to her service.
Several of them had been to Honolulu, and knew the instrument, confirming Mercedes' definition of ukulele as "jumping flea." Also, they knew Hawaiian songs she had learned from Mercedes, and soon, to her accompaniment, all were singing: "Aloha Oe," "Honolulu Tomboy," and "Sweet Lei Lehua." Saxon was genuinely shocked when some of them, even the more matronly, danced hulas on the sand.
In terms of total LEIs issued by all 33 accredited global LEI Issuers, RapidLEI ranked 6th by issuing LEIs to 3477 companies in Q1 of this year.
Nao se esta falando da igualdade perante a lei, mas no que diz respeito as qualidades fisicas e intelectuais.
Understanding the Lei Feng Revival: Evidence from a Survey of Chinese Students.
Lei took advantage of his position and provided help to local companies in exchange for bribes from March 2007 to November 2012, according to a statement from the court.
Lei left his wife in the car outside in a parking bay at the hotel, near the city's train station, while he ran to get some money from a nearby cashpoint machine.
The "legendary" Lei Feng, the "hero" of the online game referred to by Reuters, is also alluded to in the new book.