Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Melanesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • n. A member of any of the indigenous peoples of Melanesia.
  • n. A subfamily of the Austronesian languages that includes the languages of Melanesia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to Melanesia.
  • proper n. A Melanesian person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Melanesia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to Melanesia or a race inhabiting it.
  • n. A native of Melanesia, a collection of islands in the western part of the Pacific, including New Caledonia, the Fiji Islands, Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, New Britain, etc. (some geographers include Papua and extend the term to comprise some of the lesser islands of the Malay archipelago); a member of one of the black or dark-brown races inhabiting the Melanesian islands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Melanesia or its people or culture

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Examples

  • The average Hottentot, or the average Melanesian, is pretty close to being on a par with the average white man.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • And for years we know no instance of a baptized Melanesian throwing aside his clothing when taking his holiday at home.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • Europeans but with one another, and I believe that this has often been the mechanism in the past; that, for instance, the introduction of what we now call the Melanesian structure of language was due to the fact that the language of an immigrant people who settled in a region of great linguistic diversity came to be used as a _lingua franca_, and thus gradually became the basis of the languages of the whole people.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • I remember being transfixed by the blueness of the Melanesian reef water, which, until you see it for yourself, is impossible fully to appreciate: a blue of such crystalline clarity, luminosity, and depth, that it seems to be something more akin to liquid glass than ordinary salt water.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Most have Melanesian heritage, while about a third of the population are descendants of Indian laborers brought to work on colonial sugar plantations by the British in the 19th century.

    Australia Urged to Rethink Fiji Ties

  • The problem does not occur if one is writing in, say, Melanesian Pidgin, where rather few words are at your disposal and most of them are pithy in the extreme.

    Block That Adjective!

  • Yes, like the North American Indian, who was a far nobler type than the Melanesian.

    Chapter 8

  • In his small way he had been a Melanesian Napoleon.

    CHAPTER XI

  • That there has been a slight Melanesian drift in the period of the northwest monsoon, is also evident.

    MAUKI

  • The scalp-talking Indian and the head - hunting Melanesian have been either destroyed or converted to a belief in the superior efficacy of civil suits and criminal prosecutions.

    THE HUMAN DRIFT

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