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POLYNESIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Polynesian mean? 

POLYNESIAN (noun)
  The noun POLYNESIAN has 2 senses:

1. a native or inhabitant of Polynesia
2. the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific

  Familiarity information: POLYNESIAN used as a noun is rare.


POLYNESIAN (adjective)
  The adjective POLYNESIAN has 1 sense:

1. of or relating to Polynesia or its people or culture

  Familiarity information: POLYNESIAN used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


POLYNESIAN (noun)


Sense 1Polynesian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A native or inhabitant of Polynesia

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Polynesian" is a kind of...):

Austronesian (a native or inhabitant of Austronesia)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Polynesian"):

Fijian (a native or inhabitant of Fiji)

Samoan (a native or inhabitant of the Samoan Islands)

Tahitian (a native or inhabitant of Tahiti)

Tongan (a Polynesian native or inhabitant of Tonga)

Holonyms ("Polynesian" is a member of...):

Polynesia (the islands in the eastern part of Oceania)


Sense 2Polynesian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

Malayo-Polynesian; Polynesian

Hypernyms ("Polynesian" is a kind of...):

Austronesian; Austronesian language (the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Polynesian"):

Eastern Malayo-Polynesian; Oceanic (an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages)

Tongan (the Polynesian language spoken by the Tongan people)

Western Malayo-Polynesian (a western subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages)


POLYNESIAN (adjective)


Sense 1Polynesian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to Polynesia or its people or culture

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

Polynesia (the islands in the eastern part of Oceania)


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