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[buhg-uh-neez, -nees]
noun, plural Bug·i·nese for 1.
  1. a member of a Muslim people inhabiting the southern part of Sulawesi.
  2. the Austronesian language spoken by these people.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The commercial activity of the Buginese causes their language to be fairly widely spoken—little, however, by Europeans.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 4