Austronesian definition

ôstrō-nēzhən
A family of languages that includes the Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies.
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A family of languages spoken over a large area extending from Hawaii south to New Zealand and west to Madagascar.
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Of or relating to Austronesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
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A member of any of the peoples speaking these languages.
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Designating or of these languages, the peoples that speak them, or their cultures.
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Of or pertaining to Austronesia.
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Any of a family of languages from Austronesia, including Formosan, Indonesian, Malay, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian subfamilies.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
austronesian
Plural:
austronesians

Origin of austronesian

  • From German Austronesisch; coined by Wilhelm Schmidt from Latin auster (“south wind”) + Ancient Greek νῆσος (nēsos, “island”).

    From Wiktionary