[ jav-uh-neez, -nees, jah-vuh- ]

  1. of or relating to the island of Java, its people, or their language.

noun,plural Jav·a·nese.
  1. a member of the native Malayan people of Java, especially of that branch of it in the central part of the island.

  2. the Austronesian language of central Java.

Origin of Javanese

1695–1705; Javan (Jav(a) + -an) + -ese

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

How to use Javanese in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Javanese


/ (ˌdʒɑːvəˈniːz) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Java, its people, or the Javanese language

  1. plural -nese a native or inhabitant of Java

  2. a Malayo-Polynesian language of Central and Eastern Java

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