Definition of Papuan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpäpo͝oən/
Pronunciation: /ˈpapyo͝oən/


1A native or inhabitant of Papua, or of Papua New Guinea.
Example sentences
  • In Papua, the missionaries saw the laid-back, no-rule, non-authoritarian lifestyle of Papuans as a sign of their primitiveness.
  • West Papuans feel that Indonesia is despoiling their country by logging and mining, and that they are getting a disproportionately tiny share of the financial fruits.
  • If the Papuans need training so that they can manage their own country, why aren't local and international NGOs providing it?
2A heterogeneous group of around 750 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea and neighboring islands.


Relating to Papua or its people or their languages.
Example sentences
  • Flassy said the transfer of power from the Indonesian government to Papuan should take place in six months.
  • The OPM itself was a rather loose organisation set up by West Papuan exiles with a headquarters in Holland and an office at the United Nations.
  • The word merdeka - an important political concept - is also key to understanding contemporary Papuan culture.

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Syllabification: Pap·u·an

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