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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.
Overall, the number of companies issued LEIs by RapidLEI increased from 2578 at the end of 2018 to 6310 by the end of the first quarter of 2019 - representing a quarterly growth of 135%.
O problema, hoje, nao gira em torno da inexistencia de leis, mas na ineficacia de muitas delas, seja por inoperancia do Estado brasileiro, por exemplo, em aplica-las, seja pela ausencia do senso de justica dos cidadaos.
But you don't have to live in Hawaii to make a lei. It's easy to make one right at home.
LEIs are available from RapidLEI (www.rapidlei.com) initially for Finland, Sweden and the US with full global support being released later this year.
The lei is made with fresh white orchids interspersed with pink ribbon.