Definition of Batak in English:

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Batak

Pronunciation: /bəˈtäk/

noun

1 (plural same or Bataks) A member of a people of northern Sumatra.
Example sentences
  • The 216 million people comprise 365 ethnic and tribal groups, the principle ones being the Acehnese, Bataks, Minangkabaus (on Sumatra); Javanese, Sundanese (Java); Balinese (Bali); Sasaks (Lombok); and Dani.
  • The Supreme Court's decision became jurisprudence and was used in similar cases, not only among the Bataks but also other ethnic groups.
  • Thus today the Batak of Sumatra, the Dayak of Kalimantan, the Toraja and Menadonese of Sulawesi, and the Ambonese of Maluku are Protestant; the peoples of Flores and the Tetun of West Timor are Catholic.
2The Indonesian language of the Batak.
Example sentences
  • If I could speak Batak I would certainly be singing along to all the songs.
  • In their daily lives, and even at home, they don’t speak Batak languages anymore,” Togar said.
  • My wife, who learned to speak Batak in the village, acquired the manner of shouting and the gestures characteristic of village women.

adjective

Relating to the Batak or their language.
Example sentences
  • ‘We should first love our culture and show our hospitality to others, as hospitality and politeness are two of the main values in Batak culture,’ he said.
  • The music blends pop and the traditional music of his Batak heritage in North Sumatra.
  • One factor that distinguishes this case from the others is the Batak cultural tradition, which binds the people.

Origin

The name in Batak.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Ba·tak

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