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n. A wraparound garment, worn by men or women, similar to a Malaysian sarong.


The pāreu or pareo (see below) is the Cook Islands and Tahitian word for a wraparound skirt. Originally it was used only to refer to women's skirts, as men wore a loincloth, called a maro. Nowadays the term is applied to any piece of cloth worn wrapped around the body, worn by males or females. It is related to the Malay sarong, Sāmoan lavalava, Tongan tupenu and other such garments of the Pacific Islands such as the islands of Hawaiʻi, Marquesas, Aotearoa, and Fiji.

Usage examples of "pareo".

Tamara was beautiful, too, in a wraparound flowered pareo of blue and gold, her bronzed shoulders bare, her lustrous black hair cascading down her back.

Bonai was wearing a wraparound pareo, Doug was in his usual sky-blue coveralls.

Lui le diede un vivace pareo arancione e giallo della misura di una donna di centocinquanta chili.