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Indonesian

[in-duh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n, -zee-uh n, -doh-] /ˌɪn dəˈni ʒən, -ʃən, -zi ən, -doʊ-/
noun
1.
a member of the ethnic group consisting of the natives of Indonesia, the Filipinos, and the Malays of Malaysia.
2.
a member of a population supposed to have been resident in the Malay Archipelago before the Malays, and believed to constitute one element of the present mixed population of Malaysia and perhaps Polynesia.
3.
Official name Bahasa Indonesia. an Indonesian language that is based on the form of Malay spoken in Java and has the status of official language in the Republic of Indonesia.
4.
the westernmost branch of the Austronesian family of languages, including Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Malagasy.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to the Malay Archipelago.
6.
of or pertaining to Indonesia, the Indonesians, or their languages.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; Indonesi(a) + -an
Related forms
pro-Indonesian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Indonesian

Indonesian

/ˌɪndəʊˈniːzɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Indonesia, its people, or their language
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Indonesia
3.
another name for Bahasa Indonesia
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Word Origin and History for Indonesian

1850, from Indonesia, from Indo-, comb. form of Greek Indos "India" (see India) + nesos "island" (see Chersonese). Formerly called Indian Archipelago or East Indies Islands (see Indies).

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