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[tong-guh n] /ˈtɒŋ gən/
a native or inhabitant of Tonga.
a Polynesian language, the language of the Tongans.
of or relating to Tonga, its people, or their language.
Origin of Tongan
1890-95; Tong(a) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Tongan
Historical Examples
  • 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.

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for Tongan


of or relating to the kingdom of Tonga, its inhabitants, or their language
a member of the people that inhabits Tonga
the language of this people, belonging to the Polynesian family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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