Definition of Dayak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdīak/
(also Dyak)

noun (plural same or Dayaks)

1A member of a group of indigenous peoples inhabiting parts of Borneo.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Relating to the Dayak or their languages.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with Dayak

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