noun, interjection

  1. hello; greetings.
  2. farewell.


  1. friendly; hospitable; welcoming: The aloha spirit prevails throughout the islands.

noun, sentence substitute

  1. a Hawaiian word for hello, goodbye

1798, Hawaiian aloha, Maori aroha, an expression used in greeting or valediction, literally “love, affection, pity.” Sometimes aloha ‘oe, from ‘oe “to you.”

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