Pacific Islander


plural Pacific Islanders
: a native or a descendant of a native of one of the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, or Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean

Examples of Pacific Islander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All three students identified as LGBTQ+; one is Black, and another is Pacific Islander. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 8 May 2024 As previously reported by ESSENCE, 2023 Zillow data revealed that the typical Black, Latinx and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) renter reported spending $50 per rental application while white renters reported paying $35. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 8 May 2024 Sunday Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage night: The San Diego Wave will play against Gotham FC with pregame and halftime events celebrating the heritage and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Amazon Prime Video is releasing content to diversify and celebrate the Asian & Pacific Islander communities. Lexi Carson, Variety, 7 May 2024 Preference will be given to applicants invested in or interested in the Vietnamese or other Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and who have ties to Southern California. Heather McRea, Orange County Register, 7 May 2024 The new minimum set of race and ethnicity categories on the census and other federal forms will be: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Middle Eastern or North African, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and white. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 As the city desegregated in the 1960s and 1970s, the congregation became more diverse, with many Black, Latino and Pacific Islander worshipers. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2024 Disaggregating representation data — by genre, by producing country, by qualitative analysis — is particularly crucial for the umbrella identity known as API, which tends to obscure or outright erase the Pasifika (Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander) part of the moniker. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pacific Islander was in 1785

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“Pacific Islander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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Pacific Islander

: a native or a descendant of a native of Melanesia, Micronesia, or Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean
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