The Printed Māori Dictionary
This online Māori dictionary is based on the book
Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index.
This Māori dictionary comprises a selection of modern and everyday language useful for learners of Māori. It has a broader scope than traditional Māori dictionaries, so as well as the words one would usually expect in a dictionary, it also includes:
- encyclopaedic entries designed to provide key information about plants, animals, stars, planets, heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups, ancestral canoes, song types, musical instruments, Māori names for institutions, country names, place name and other proper names
- explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture
- comprehensive explanations for grammatical items, with examples of usage
- idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples.
These have all been included because they are important in communicating in a Māori context, and contribute to understanding and speaking the language in a natural way.
While this dictionary is designed to stand alone, it not only includes all the words used in the Te Whanake series of narrative texts and resources, but is indexed to the Te Whanake series, thus giving quick access to topics, maps, illustrations, idioms, colloquialisms, proverbs, tribal sayings, grammar and usage explanations.