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[in-duh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n, -zee-uh n, -doh-] /ˌɪn dəˈni ʒən, -ʃən, -zi ən, -doʊ-/
a member of the ethnic group consisting of the natives of Indonesia, the Filipinos, and the Malays of Malaysia.
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.
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.
the westernmost branch of the Austronesian family of languages, including Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Malagasy.
of or relating to the Malay Archipelago.
of or relating to Indonesia, the Indonesians, or their languages.
Origin of Indonesian
First recorded in 1840-50; Indonesi(a) + -an
Related forms
pro-Indonesian, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I'd like to bet on the Indonesian to win," said Lindsay quietly.

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • There Lindsay was able to pull first the Indonesian, then the Irishman, up into the box.

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • Specimens previously were saved from Sarawak and Indonesian Borneo.

    Birds from North Borneo

    Max C. Thompson
  • The anatomical data likewise prevent us from setting this tribe apart from the others, because of Japanese or Indonesian origin.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • By morning the Swift Arrow, with the vinta in tow, was in Indonesian waters far from shipping lanes or fishing grounds.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for Indonesian


of or relating to Indonesia, its people, or their language
a native or inhabitant of Indonesia
another name for Bahasa Indonesia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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