[ mahr-key-zuh n, -suh n ]
/ mɑrˈkeɪ zən, -sən /


a Polynesian native of the Marquesas Islands.
the Polynesian language of the Marquesas Islands.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for marquesan

/ (mɑːˈkeɪzən, -sən) /


of or relating to the Marquesas Islands or their inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of the Marquesas Islands
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