• synonyms


[tong-guh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Tonga.
  2. a Polynesian language, the language of the Tongans.
Show More
  1. of or relating to Tonga, its people, or their language.
Show More

Origin of Tongan

First recorded in 1890–95; Tong(a) + -an
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tongan

Historical Examples

  • For the Tongan, therefore, inspiration indubitably was possession.

    The Evolution of Theology: An Anthropological Study

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Grief said to Snow, after the Tongan had gone back to his bunk.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • It was thus that we discovered the Tongan ideal of female loveliness.

    Savage Island

    Basil C. Thomson

  • Tongan women do not work like those of other South Sea Islands races.

  • Tongan data on skin color cannot be directly adjusted to my statistics.

British Dictionary definitions for tongan


  1. of or relating to the kingdom of Tonga, its inhabitants, or their language
Show More
  1. a member of the people that inhabits Tonga
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Polynesian family
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012