Papuan

noun
Pap·​u·​an | \ ˈpa-pyə-wən How to pronounce Papuan (audio) , -pə- \

Definition of Papuan

1 : a native or inhabitant of Papua
2 : a member of any of the native peoples of New Guinea and adjacent areas of Melanesia
3 : any of a heterogeneous group of languages spoken in New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon islands

Other Words from Papuan

Papuan adjective

First Known Use of Papuan

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Papuan.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Papuan. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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