[ aw-stroh-nee-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
/ ˌɔ stroʊˈni ʒən, -ʃən /
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Also called Malayo-Polynesian. a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.
of or relating to Austronesia or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.
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Origin of Austronesian
First recorded in 1900–05; Austronesi(a) + -an
Words nearby Austronesian
austringer, austro-, Austroasiatic, Austro-Hungarian, Austronesia, Austronesian, Austro-Prussian War, aut-, autacoid, autarch, autarchy
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How to use Austronesian in a sentence
Between about 4,000 and 750 years ago, for instance, sea-faring farmers spread Austronesian languages from southern China and Taiwan to Madagascar in the west and Polynesia in the east.‘The Five-Million-Year Odyssey’ reveals how migration shaped humankind|Bruce Bower|August 19, 2022|Science News
The Austronesian languages spread from these areas over thousands of miles beyond.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
All subsequent migrations were of Austronesian-speaking peoples from Indonesia.Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane
British Dictionary definitions for Austronesian
/ (ˌɒstrəʊˈniːʒən, -ʃən) /
of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
another name for Malayo-Polynesian
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