Definition of Amboinese in English:


Syllabification: Am·boi·nese
Pronunciation: /ˌamboiˈnēz, -ˈnēs, ˌäm-


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Ambon.
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    • Third, the book hardly touches upon the indigenous peoples and societies who produced the finer spices, especially the Moluccans, Amboinese and Bandanese.
    • For generations, Ambonese of both faiths practiced peaceful coexistence - under which mosques and churches were built together.
    • Many Ambonese, Keiese and Menadonese were employed as officials, police, teachers and missionaries.
  • 2The Indonesian language of the Amboinese people.
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    • He is not proficient in Indonesian, having used his Ambonese dialect most of his life, and his wife helps in explaining his thoughts as he stumbles over words.


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  • Relating to the island of Ambon, its people, or their language.
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    • Traditional Indonesian music - Javanese, Ambonese, Sundanese, etc. - and some old Dutch tunes fill the air.
    • Both within the Ambonese community, and in scholarly discourse, it is frequently noted that Muslim villages in Maluku have retained their indigenous languages.


from Amboina (see Ambon) + -ese.

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