Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to Polynesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Polynesia.
  • n. A subfamily of the Austronesian language family spoken in Polynesia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, from, or pertaining to Polynesia.
  • n. A person from Polynesia.
  • n. A language group spoken by these people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Polynesia (the islands of the eastern and central Pacific), or to the Polynesians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • [lowercase] Full of islands, as an archipelago.
  • Specifically, of or pertaining to Polynesia
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Polynesia, a division of Oceania east of Australia and Malaysia, or, in the more modern and restricted sense, a division of Oceania east of Micronesia and Melanesia.
  • Noting a family of languages having general affinities of form and considerable similarity of vocabulary, spoken throughout Polynesia, except in the western areas included in Melanesia and Micronesia.

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

  • adj. of or relating to Polynesia or its people or culture
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Polynesia
  • n. the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek πολύς (polus, "many") + νήσος (nesos, "island") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Marsden in his opinion that the Malayan tongue, though derived from the Sanscrit, the Arabic, the Hindoostani, &c., &c., is based on the language which he calls the Polynesian; a language which may be considered original (as far as we know), and which embraces so vast an extent of geographical surface.

    The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido For the Suppression of Piracy

  • In a recent issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, Oxford University's Martin Richards and his colleagues reviewed the geographic distribution of a set of shared genetic traits called the Polynesian motif.

    Pacific Lizards or Red Herrings?

  • Who is there to protect the gentle, confidin 'Polynesian?

    The Feathers of the Sun

  • Nor was this to be so astonishing, when with the knowledge came the certainty that it was from it the language we call Polynesian sprang.

    The Moon Pool

  • What some are calling a "Polynesian Pipeline" to this suburb has brought mass and enthusiasm to their championship football team, and with it, the team's beloved new haka tradition.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • They’re the size of sawed-off pool cues, only they’re carved all over in Polynesian Tiki Village designs.

    VDARE.com: Blog Articles » Print » What’s A “Community Organizer”?

  • And on that drift they encountered races who had accomplished the drift before them, and they, the Aryans, passed, in turn, before the drift of other and subsequent races whom we to-day call the Polynesian and the Melanesian.

    THE HUMAN DRIFT

  • The Pacific is bestrewn with populations of Rattus exulans, informally known as the Polynesian rat, and the Caribbean, before humans invaded, was rich with many species of ratlike hutias.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Nancy, who had been in Hawaii some time before, asked Kiki, Your name sounds Polynesian.

    GHOST STORIES

  • Lord Howe group; the population is described as Polynesian

    Introduction to the History of Religions Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume IV

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