Sa·​ma-Ba·​jau ˈsä-mə-bə-ˈjau̇ How to pronounce Sama-Bajau (audio)
: a subgroup of Austronesian languages spoken by mostly maritime peoples of the southern Philippines and eastern Indonesia

Word History


Sama, self-designation of several Sama-Bajau speaking peoples + bajau

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sama-Bajau was in 1977

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“Sama-Bajau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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