[tuh-hee-shuh n, -tee-uh n, tah-]


of or relating to Tahiti, its inhabitants, or their language.


a native or inhabitant of Tahiti.
the Polynesian language of Tahiti.

Origin of Tahitian

First recorded in 1815–25; Tahiti + -an
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Examples from the Web for tahitian

Contemporary Examples of tahitian

Historical Examples of tahitian

  • He had, he said, a couple of Tahitian amongst his boys—a ghost-ridden race.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • Rokóa advanced, and greeted him in the Tahitian fashion, by rubbing faces.

    The Island Home

    Richard Archer

  • This opinion was confirmed when the missionary, a very intelligent Tahitian, arrived.

    Ben Hadden

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Henry and Tehei, the Tahitian sailors, had had numbers of them.

  • Here, in the household where I am writing this, is a little Tahitian “feeding-child.”

British Dictionary definitions for tahitian



of or relating to Tahiti or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Tahiti
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