Indonesian

noun

In·​do·​ne·​sian ˌin-də-ˈnē-zhən How to pronounce Indonesian (audio)
-shən
1
a
: a native or inhabitant of the Republic of Indonesia
b
: the language based on Malay that is the national language of the Republic of Indonesia
2
: a native or inhabitant of the Malay Archipelago
Indonesian adjective

Examples of Indonesian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group was established in 2022 by the Indonesian Nature Rehabilitation Initiation Foundation. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 With no windows, the gloomy, gray building looming four stories above the rice fields in a remote village in Indonesian Borneo resembles nothing more than a prison. Muktita Suhartono Nyimas Laula, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 The populations in peninsular Malaysia and Indonesian Borneo are also declining rapidly. Anne Pinto-Rodrigues, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 The drumbeat of airborne cataclysms started with the failure of a new flight control software system on 737 Max airliners that caused the Lion Air and Indonesian Airlines crashes, in 2018 and 2019 respectively, tragedies that together claimed 346 lives. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 The rate of poverty was between 10% and 13% across Korean, Malaysian, Laotian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Cambodian groups. Juliana Kim, NPR, 27 Mar. 2024 The report did not identify the pilots, only describing the pilot in command as a 32-year-old Indonesian and the second in command as a 28-year-old Indonesian. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2024 Nusa Location: Arboretum, 8200 Providence Road, Suite 700 Menu Cuisine: Indonesian Instagram: @nusacharlotte This story was originally published February 27, 2024, 5:00 AM. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 27 Feb. 2024 Among these cultures are Chinese, South Korean, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Filipino and Indonesian. Olivia Munson, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Indonesian was in 1850

Dictionary Entries Near Indonesian

Cite this Entry

“Indonesian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Indonesian. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

Indonesian

noun
In·​do·​ne·​sian ˌin-də-ˈnē-zhən How to pronounce Indonesian (audio)
-shən
1
: a person born or living in Indonesia
2
: the language based on Malay that is the national language of Indonesia
Indonesian adjective
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