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Australian

[aw-streyl-yuh n] /ɔˈstreɪl yən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Australia, its inhabitants, or their languages.
2.
Zoogeography. belonging to a geographical division comprising Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Celebes, the Moluccas, Papua New Guinea, and adjacent smaller islands.
3.
Phytogeography. belonging or pertaining to a geographical division comprising Australia and Tasmania.
noun
4.
a native or inhabitant of Australia.
5.
an Aborigine of Australia.
6.
the phylum of languages spoken by the Aborigines of Australia, consisting of more than a hundred languages.
Abbreviation: Austral, Austral.
Origin
Related forms
anti-Australian, adjective, noun
pro-Australian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Australian, adjective, noun
trans-Australian, adjective
un-Australian, adjective
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Word Origin and History for australians

Australian

n.

1690s, in reference to aboriginal inhabitants, from Australia + -an. As an adjective by 1814. Australianism in speech is attested from 1891.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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