ˌjä- How to pronounce Javanese (audio) -ˈnēs How to pronounce Javanese (audio)
plural Javanese
: a member of an Indonesian people inhabiting the island of Java
: an Austronesian language of the Javanese people
Javanese adjective

Examples of Javanese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While The Asa Maia in Uluwatu was inspired by western Indonesia and Javanese culture, the new hotel will take inspiration from the country’s eastern islands. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 India and Indonesia in particular are bank-friendly hotspots – in particular the fantastically Javanese Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo McGallery Collection Accor hotel available in July 2022 for an unbelievable $32 a night. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 28 June 2022 In the 20th century, the Javanese also developed a wood-block printing technique for batik. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 7 Oct. 2020 Almost half of flying squirrel species, such as the southern flying squirrel in North and Central America and the Javanese flying squirrel of Southeast Asia, have stable populations. National Geographic, 21 Aug. 2020

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Word History


Java + -nese (as in Japanese)

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Javanese was in 1704

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“Javanese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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