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Borrowed from German Austronesisch; coined by Wilhelm Schmidt. From Latin austro- (southern) + Ancient Greek νῆσος (nêsos, island) +‎ -ian.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɔːs.tɹoʊˈniː.ʒən/


Austronesian (comparative more Austronesian, superlative most Austronesian)

  1. Pertaining to the Austronesian language family.
    an Austronesian language
  2. Of or pertaining to Austronesia.
    • 2022 August 6, Tyson Lu, Sean Lin, “Taitung university launches doctoral program on Austronesian studies”, in Focus Taiwan[1], archived from the original on 06 August 2022, Culture:
      Taitung County, with seven Indigenous peoples of Austronesian descent -- Amis, Paiwan, Bunun, Rukai, Pinuyumayan (also known as the Puyuma), Yami (also known as the Tao), and Kavalan -- is the most diverse region in Taiwan in terms of Austronesian culture, offering students a chance to apply their research to real-world scenarios and engage in intimate observations of how indigenous groups grapple with the challenges of modern times, Chen said.

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Austronesian (plural Austronesians)

  1. A speaker of an Austronesian language, especially a member of the ancient maritime culture that spread Austronesian languages across the Pacific from Taiwan.

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