Definition of Javanese in English:


Line breaks: Ja¦van|ese
Pronunciation: /dʒɑːvəˈniːz

noun (plural same)

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Java, or a person of Javanese descent.
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    • In Natrabu restaurants, where a traditional atmosphere is preserved, most of the employees are Javanese, Sundanese or even Acehnese.
    • The Dutch colonized the Javanese for 300 years before they finally pointed their guns on Aceh in 1873.
    • He went to the 14 th-century Panataran Temple in Blitar, East Java but found little that could tell him more about gamelan, a musical instrument claimed to be indigenous to the Javanese.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Indonesian language of central Java, spoken by about 70 million people.
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    • A friend from high school even tried to be creative, writing a long message in three languages - Indonesian, Javanese and Sundanese.
    • His children all speak Javanese as well as Indonesian and work in shops.
    • Farida said she heard the kidnappers speaking Javanese, the dialect of most of Java Island where many TNI soldiers hail from.


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  • Relating to Java, its people, or their language.
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    • Gembili in the Javanese language are small, round and black-skinned potatoes.
    • Although Hindu Bali did not convert to Islam, it was part of this archipelagic continuity because of its intimate connections with Java and Javanese culture.
    • A few years ago, when Soeharto was still in power, an ancient temple in Central Java was reportedly destroyed by a group of believers in Javanese mysticism, including some then Cabinet ministers.

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