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Javanese

[jav-uh-neez, -nees, jah-vuh-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the island of Java, its people, or their language.
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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.
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Origin of Javanese

1695–1705; Javan (Jav(a) + -an) + -ese
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Examples from the Web for javanese

Historical Examples

  • They carry the Dutch flag, are commanded by Arabs, and manned by Javanese.

    Trade and Travel in the Far East

    G. F. Davidson

  • Rice culture is the natural pursuit of the Javanese or Sundanese native.

    A Visit to Java

    W. Basil Worsfold

  • The spelling of the Javanese names and words has been a matter of some difficulty.

    A Visit to Java

    W. Basil Worsfold

  • Two forms of modern Javanese are employed in everyday speech.

    A Visit to Java

    W. Basil Worsfold

  • Everywhere, the male Javanese carry the kris or native knife in the girdle.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid


British Dictionary definitions for javanese

Javanese

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Java, its people, or the Javanese language
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noun
  1. plural -nese a native or inhabitant of Java
  2. a Malayo-Polynesian language of Central and Eastern Java
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