Sa·​mo·​an sə-ˈmō-ən How to pronounce Samoan (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Samoa
: the Polynesian language of the Samoans
Samoan adjective

Examples of Samoan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cities south of Los Angeles, including Carson, Long Beach and Lakewood, have large communities of Polynesian people, including Native Hawaiian and Samoan groups. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 The Samoan southpaw — as large as ever, though with considerably less hair — held the Giants scoreless on a handful of hits but put four batters on base via walks and ran three-ball counts to another five hitters. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 24 Apr. 2024 The Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander category will have more detailed choices as well: Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan, Fijian, Marshallese or another group (for example, Chuukese, Palauan, Tahitian). Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2024 Jax hit a Samoan Drop on an announce table that didn’t break, followed by a splash through the table and an Annihilator. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 In addition to safety tips, like watching for falling coconuts around beaches and not touching coral because cuts from coral take a long time to heal, the park’s website shares various cultural customs tied to the Samoan way. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2024 The book, which will be part memoir, part manifesto, details her mission for a more inclusive future, while also touching upon her family life and Samoan heritage. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The beautiful catalogue produced by the Japanese American National Museum has an essential essay on Samoan tattoo motifs with descriptive design charts. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, the Samoan rebels—including The Rock—are being booed as heels. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 9 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Samoan was in 1839

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“Samoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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