Definition of Dayak in English:

Dayak

Syllabification: Day·ak
Pronunciation: /ˈdīˌak
 
/
(also Dyak)

noun (plural same or Dayaks)

  • 1A member of a group of indigenous peoples inhabiting parts of Borneo.
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    • Clashes between groups of non-Muslim, indigenous Dayaks and migrant Muslim Madurese first erupted Sunday at dawn.
    • In October 1943 the Chinese population, which numbered about 50,000, helped by the indigenous Dyaks, rebelled against the Japanese occupation troops.
    • Many sympathised with Dayaks as an indigenous people dispossessed of their forests by rapacious New Order development.
  • 2The group of Austronesian languages spoken by the Dayak.
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    • We don't speak Dayak, but we knew what to do though.
    • At first it was very difficult for him, especially understanding the Dayak language, but now he can speak Dayak fluently.
    • I would love to speak in Dayak.

adjective

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  • Of or relating to the Dayak or their languages.
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    • Central Kalimantan Deputy Governor Nashon Taway, accompanied by three leading Dayak figures, went to the site.
    • Upstream there was only the forest and a few small and very old Dayak villages.
    • The displaced Dayak miners have since the 1990's attempted legal means to gain some redress for their lost livelihoods and lands, with zero result.

Origin

mid 19th century: Malay, literally 'up-country'.

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