Australian

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adjective

Aus·​tra·​lian ȯ-ˈstrāl-yən How to pronounce Australian (audio)
ä-,
ə-
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: of, relating to, or characteristic of the continent or commonwealth of Australia, its inhabitants, or the languages spoken there
2
: of, relating to, or being a biogeographic region that comprises Australia, the islands north of it from Celebes eastward, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Polynesia

Australian

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noun

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: a native or inhabitant of the Australian commonwealth
2
: a group of about 200 languages spoken by the aboriginal inhabitants of Australia

Examples of Australian in a Sentence

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Adjective
One study followed over 4,000 Australian children for five years and found that what was on the screen mattered more than the amount of time. Kendra Thomas, TIME, 5 June 2024 The addition to Carnival’s fleet comes as parent company Carnival Corporation & plc makes plans to shut down the Australian cruise line in March 2025, according to the cruise company. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2024
Noun
So far, the new species has only been found at a national park in the Australian Capital Territory, a region around Canberra in southern Australia, and nearby areas. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 From July, New Zealanders who are living in Australia can apply to join the Australian Defence Force. Michael Heath / Bloomberg, TIME, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Australian 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Australian was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Australian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Australian. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

Australian

adjective
Aus·​tra·​lian
ȯ-ˈstrāl-yən,
ä-
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Australia or its people
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