Austronesian [aw-stroh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.


  1. of or relating to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.

Origin of Austronesian First recorded in 1900–05; Austronesi(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for austronesian Historical Examples of austronesian

  • The Austronesian languages spread from these areas over thousands of miles beyond.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • British Dictionary definitions for austronesian Austronesian adjective

    1. of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages


    1. another name for Malayo-Polynesian

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