Share this entry

Share this page

Haitian

Syllabification: Hai·tian
Pronunciation: /ˈhāSHən
 
/

Definition of Haitian in English:

noun

1A native or inhabitant of Haiti.
Example sentences
  • The intended beneficiaries of the appeal were not starving Somalis or hungry Haitians.
  • Even worse conditions exist in the sugar-cane plantations that employ Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.
  • Many Dominicans, whatever their skin color, view Haitians as African, and unlike themselves.
2 (also Haitian Creole) The French-based Creole language spoken in Haiti.
Example sentences
  • The two main languages of Haiti are Haitian Creole and French.
  • While Haitian Creole has a French word base, the two languages are distinct.
  • It will also operate in four languages, English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

adjective

Back to top  
Relating to Haiti, its inhabitants, or their language.
Example sentences
  • I first had to learn the language and find a way into Haitian society.
  • More than that, we have to project a multiculturalism that makes it clear that we can translate it all - Arabic, Ghanaian Twi, Haitian patois and other languages.
  • People here all have negative ideas about Haiti, but Haitian culture has a positive side.

Definition of Haitian in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…