Definition of karanga in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaraŋə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A Maori ritual chant of welcome.
Example sentences
  • As first-timers they all receive a formal welcome that begins with the spine-chilling wero (challenge by one of the local warriors) followed by a karanga (call of welcome by one of the local women).
  • Next time we are up front, doing the karanga, whaik rero, waiata etc.
  • Some of the karanga she taught us were really old, and the knowledge that accompanied them… it was such an honour and a privilege to be given those taonga.



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