- a member of a Muslim people inhabiting the southern part of Sulawesi.
- the Austronesian language spoken by these people.
Origin of Buginese
< Dutch Boeginees (with -nees on the model of Balinees, Javanees, etc.) < Malay Bugis, probably orig. the Makassarese name of this ethnic group
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The commercial activity of the Buginese causes their language to be fairly widely spoken—little, however, by Europeans.