Sa·​ma-Ba·​jau | \ ˈsä-mə-bə-ˈjau̇ How to pronounce Sama-Bajau (audio) , -ˈbä-ˌjȯ \

Definition of Sama-Bajau

: a subgroup of Austronesian languages spoken by mostly maritime peoples of the southern Philippines and eastern Indonesia

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First Known Use of Sama-Bajau

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Sama-Bajau

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

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“Sama-Bajau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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