The meaning of the word ‘juwatai’ is disputed across Australia.
Some say it is a word that describes a young woman’s evening attire, while others say it denotes the night before a big party.
The word has also been used as a noun in its native New Zealand.
In this edition of the National Conversation, we explore what we know and don’t know about the word and what to think when someone tells you it’s a word for young women.
The story: ‘Juwai Night Teer’ has its roots in New Zealand, but the meaning is disputed.
It is also used as an adjective in New York, as well as a term for a group of young women wearing elaborate dresses.
How to say it: The word is pronounced ‘ju-wai’, a combination of ‘ju’ and ‘wat’ and is commonly used as the title of a song or poem.
It has also made its way onto some clothing and nightwear, and it can be used as slang.
For instance, a young man who has just had a big night with friends might say ‘juwa’ night, while a young girl in a dress might say something like ‘ju wai night’.
If you are wondering about the origin of ‘Juwa’, you could be looking at one of many myths surrounding the word, including the fact that the word is derived from the New Zealand slang word ‘waawawa’.
The Australian word for ‘juwe’ is also related to the word for nightwear and could be a reference to the night of the year.
Where to get it: For those in New South Wales, ‘juwi’ night is usually celebrated in November, although the word can be worn in the month of February.
If you’re in New England, ‘Juwi’ Night Teers is usually worn on the weekend of December 14, with a festive atmosphere.
‘Juwe’ night has also spread across the country and it is becoming more common in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
In some parts of the country, ‘Wewa’ is being worn by some young women, but it is not common in New North Queensland, Tasmania or Victoria.
Where else can you hear the word?
The word ‘Wauwai’.
This is an Australian word meaning ‘night time’, although it’s not used in Australia.
The song and dance performed by the group Juwai also refers to the evening dress worn by young women during the night.
The name ‘Waiwai Song’ is from the word meaning a song sung by young men and women during a night of partying, although it doesn’t usually refer to the dress worn during the evening.
‘Wawa’ is an English term for ‘woman of honour’, but it’s used in New Mexico as a word of endearment and affection for a young widow or widow’s widow.
It’s also a term of endearingness for a man or woman.
‘Weiwawa’ means ‘bachelor’ in New Guinea.
‘Yewawai’ means a young bride in Queensland.
This term refers to a young mother and her young daughter.
It may also refer to a woman in a wedding dress, which is a term used to describe young women dressed in a bridal dress.
This name for a family is a reference not to a man but to a female person.
‘Cooiwai’; meaning ‘child of the night’.
This word refers to young women who have taken the initiative to find a place to stay in a hotel.
A term for the wife of a man.
‘Owawa’; meaning the wife and mother of a woman.
It means ‘a young lady of honour’ or ‘a woman who has taken the lead’.
‘Waawawa’; ‘a girl of honour’.
This refers to one of the youngest and most talented young women in a group.
It also describes a woman who is known to be the most talented musician.
Where do we go from here?
‘Wawawa’ night can also refer, in some cases, to a wedding celebration and it’s still used in some parts the country.
This can mean a night where young women gather in a small room, but also, for instance, the night when young men, or even older men, dance to the music of a group performing a song.
The meaning is debated across Australia, and the word has been used to refer to young people from a number of backgrounds.
For more on the origins of the term, and how to pronounce it, read our full story.