Polynesian

noun

Poly·​ne·​sian ˌpä-lə-ˈnē-zhən How to pronounce Polynesian (audio) -shən How to pronounce Polynesian (audio)
1
: a member of any of the indigenous peoples of Polynesia
2
: a group of Austronesian languages spoken in Polynesia
Polynesian adjective

Examples of Polynesian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The park’s website says the Samoan culture is the oldest in Polynesia, and nearly everyone in American Samoa is Indigenous Samoan of Polynesian ancestry. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Popular on Variety Derrick and Hand also talked about their research, working with Disney’s Oceanic Cultural Trust and the addition of Nainoa Thompson and Polynesian Voyaging Society to the trust. Carolyn Giardina, Variety, 14 June 2024 Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at Walt Disney World Resort joins other Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World, including Disney’s Riviera Resort and Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2024 Diners at The California Grill located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort have access to a viewing deck that pipes in the show’s sound, as does the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2024 The late promoter took over Polynesian Pro Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance’s territory in Hawaii, after her husband died in 1982, according to the WWE. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 3 Apr. 2024 The expedition also had a secondary aim involving a Polynesian named Mai. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Humans arrived in Rapa Nui around the 12th century, probably not long after Polynesians reached the Hawaiian archipelago. Daniel Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 So, using research by the French Polynesian Institut Louis Malardé, Tetiaroa breeds and releases millions of male mosquitos whose bacteria makes the female bloodsuckers effectively sterile. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Polynesian was in 1807

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“Polynesian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polynesian. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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Polynesian

noun
Poly·​ne·​sian ˌpäl-ə-ˈnē-zhən How to pronounce Polynesian (audio) -shən How to pronounce Polynesian (audio)
1
: a member of any of the Indigenous peoples of Polynesia
2
: a group of languages spoken in Polynesia
Polynesian adjective

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