[ pap-yoo-uhn ]

  1. of or relating to New Guinea or to Papua New Guinea.

  2. noting or pertaining to the Indigenous Black peoples of New Guinea.

  1. of or relating to any of the unaffiliated languages indigenous to New Guinea and other islands nearby, especially Timor, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Moluccas, and the Solomons.

  1. a native or inhabitant of New Guinea or Papua New Guinea.

  2. any of the Papuan languages.

Origin of Papuan

First recorded in 1805–15; Papu(a) + -an

Words Nearby Papuan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Papuan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Papuan


/ (ˈpæpjʊən) /

  1. of or relating to Papua or any of the languages spoken there

  1. a native or inhabitant of Papua New Guinea

  2. any of several languages of Papua New Guinea that apparently do not belong to the Malayo-Polynesian family

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