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Marquesan

[mahr-key-zuh n, -suh n]
noun
  1. a Polynesian native of the Marquesas Islands.
  2. the Polynesian language of the Marquesas Islands.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Marquesas Islands, the Marquesans, or their language.
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Origin of Marquesan

First recorded in 1790–1800; Marques(as Islands) + -an
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Historical Examples of marquesan

  • It is to the mature Marquesan what a watch is to the European schoolboy.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Death alone could not satisfy Marquesan vengeance: the flesh must be eaten.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The Marquesan beholds with dismay the approaching extinction of his race.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • This reserve and dignity is the finest trait of the Marquesan.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The thought of death, I have said, is uppermost in the mind of the Marquesan.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for marquesan

Marquesan

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Marquesas Islands or their inhabitants
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of the Marquesas Islands
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