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Tongan

[tong-guh n] /ˈtɒŋ gən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Tonga.
2.
a Polynesian language, the language of the Tongans.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Tonga, its people, or their language.
Origin of Tongan
1890-1895
1890-95; Tong(a) + -an
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  • Tongan contact with Fiji in prehistoric as well as more recent times is well established.

  • The traditions of Tongan immigration are too numerous to be set down here.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • It was thus that we discovered the Tongan ideal of female loveliness.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
  • But, in Tongan, the metaphysical idea of eternity is only expressed in the meaning of the god's name, 'wait-there-Tooboo.'

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • "Malolelei," the word a visitor first hears from a Tongan, is "Good day" in the native language.

  • The Tongan value for face height describes them as definitely longer faced.

  • The native head tax in Fiji is $5, and in Samoa $3, so the Tongan pays highly for the royal atmosphere he breathes.

  • Howells' Fiji series is slightly lower in this diameter as is the Tongan average.

  • Tongan women do not work like those of other South Sea Islands races.

  • In Tongan tradition this place of souls is a sort of elysium above ground, and pleasant enough to live in.

British Dictionary definitions for Tongan

Tongan

/ˈtɒŋən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the kingdom of Tonga, its inhabitants, or their language
noun
2.
a member of the people that inhabits Tonga
3.
the language of this people, belonging to the Polynesian family
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