[ ah-daht ]

  1. the traditional law of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Origin of adat

First recorded in 1780–90; from Javanese, from Arabic ʿadālah “(court of) equity”

Words Nearby adat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use adat in a sentence

  • If a younger sister be first married, the husband pays six dollars, adat pelalu, for passing over the elder.

    The History of Sumatra | William Marsden
  • The "adat," or law which cannot be changed, was fostered by religion.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess | Raden Adjeng Kartini