Kanak

noun
Ka·​nak | \ kə-ˈnäk How to pronounce Kanak (audio) , -ˈnak How to pronounce Kanak (audio) \

Definition of Kanak

: a native Melanesian inhabitant of New Caledonia

First Known Use of Kanak

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kanak

French canaque, probably from English Kanaka South Sea islander, from Hawaiian, person

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“Kanak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kanak. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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