Austronesian [aw-stroh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- Also called . a family of languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Madagascar, and Oceania.
- of or relating to or the Austronesian family of languages; Malayo-Polynesian.
Origin of Austronesian First recorded in 1900–05;+ Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for austronesian Historical Examples of austronesian
The Austronesian languages spread from these areas over thousands of miles beyond.
British Dictionary definitions for austronesian Austronesian adjective
- of or relating to Austronesia, its peoples, or their languages
- another name for
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