Adjective "melanesian" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to Melanesia, its peoples, or their languages.
  1. 'And this gives some insight into the ways of Melanesian people.'
  2. 'As in many other stories associated with the Melanesian millennium and with so-called ‘cargo cults’, the ancestors are portrayed as having returned in the person of the Americans.'
  3. 'Therefore, kastom is often the object of fierce political debate in Melanesian societies as it is linked with various interests pertaining to status, political power and resource ownership.'
  4. 'Nonetheless, I consider this book as a major contribution to Melanesian ethnography and maritime anthropology and recommend it highly to anyone interested in these fields.'
  5. 'This book is an important contribution to Melanesian ethnography and anthropology.'
  6. 'Australia not only has a halo of Melanesian nations to its immediate North but part of Melanesia is actually in Australia (the Torres Strait Islands).'
  7. 'So, in accordance with the broad trend in recent Pacific scholarship, the essays in this collection see Christianity as a vital, indigenous part of the lived reality of contemporary Melanesian women.'
  8. 'West New Guinea, due to its distinct Melanesian population, was retained as a colony by the Dutch and during the 1950s, the Dutch government prepared the territory for independence.'
  9. 'The bungalows are so woven, it feels a bit like being inside an upended basket - snug and very Melanesian in style.'
  10. 'Fears of losing their Melanesian identity and of their ethnic group disappearing permeated the first meeting of Papuans living outside their province in Jakarta over the weekend.'


A native or inhabitant of any of the islands of Melanesia.
  1. 'Now a multicultural nation, the forebears of Fiji's 352,000 dark-skinned natives - known as Melanesians - sailed in canoes from Africa before 2000 B.C.E.'
  2. 'The ‘indigenous inhabitants' of Papua are Melanesians, different from most Indonesians.'
  3. 'Most Melanesians would prefer to be able to pick and choose from modernity and the global in locally meaningful ways in order to improve the quality of their lives without losing valued existing aspects.'
  4. 'The tribe, known as the ‘salt-water people’, lived on a tiny, artificial island built over five centuries ago by resourceful Melanesians to escape the malaria-infested jungles of the principal island of Malaita.'
  5. 'The interanimation of contexts of display, movement and utterance will be one dynamic factor in the ongoing changing lives of Melanesians and their significant others.'
  6. 'The majority of the residents of the Northern Province live in villages, and nearly all these villagers are Kanak, New Caledonian Melanesians.'
  7. 'The Ni-Vanuatu people in the outer islands are pure Melanesian, while a blend of Melanesians, Caucasian expats, Polynesians, Chinese and Vietnamese can be seen in the street cafes and chic boutiques of Port Vila.'
  8. 'There was massive immigration from other Pacific islands and of pieds-noirs, so that the European or Caldoche population outstripped the indigenous Melanesians, reduced to 42 per cent of the population in 1976.'
  9. 'For Melanesians, ‘if they can trace a connection or recite a name then that relationship is part of what ‘ownership’ means.’'
  10. 'In 1825, trader Peter Dillon's discovery of sandalwood on the island of Erromango began a rush that ended in 1830 after a clash between immigrant Polynesian workers and indigenous Melanesians.'
Any of the languages of Melanesia, mostly Austronesian languages related to Malay but also including Neo-Melanesian (or Tok Pisin), an English-based pidgin.
  1. 'On German plantations and wherever individuals speaking different languages met, a pidgin language referred to as Neo-Melanesian or Melanesian Pidgin developed.'
  2. 'West Papua shares a history of Dutch colonialism with Indonesia, but, like the Timorese, its indigenous people are Melanesian and mostly Christian.'


1. of or relating to Melanesia, its inhabitants, or their languages. noun

2. a member of any of the native peoples inhabiting Melanesia.

3. the Austronesian languages of Melanesia, taken collectively.

More examples(as adjective)

"populations can be melanesian."

"parties can be melanesian."

"separatists can be melanesian."

"mayhems can be melanesian."

"languages can be melanesian."

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