Day·​ak ˈdī-ˌak How to pronounce Dayak (audio)
variants or less commonly Dyak
plural Dayaks or Dayak also Dyaks or Dyak
: a member of any of several Indonesian peoples of the interior of Borneo

Word History


Malay, literally, up-country

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dayak was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Dayak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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