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Tahitian

Line breaks: Ta|hi¦tian
Pronunciation: /tɑːˈhiːʃ(ə)n
 
, -ˈhiːtɪən/

Definition of Tahitian in English:

noun

1A native or inhabitant of Tahiti, or a person of Tahitian descent.
Example sentences
  • There is humor, during many of the scenes involving the crew cavorting with the native Tahitians.
  • In addition, Tongans, Tahitians and, Fijians participate in the Pacific Islander Festival, a weekend event held annually in Southern California since 1990.
  • Hawaiians are ethnic descendants of Tahitians who migrated north around 1200.
2 [mass noun] The language of Tahiti, a Polynesian language with about 125,000 speakers.
Example sentences
  • A majority of the residents speak both French and Tahitian, the dominant Polynesian language.
  • It is closely related to the other languages of Polynesia including Tahitian, Tonga, Maori, and Rarotongan.
  • French Polynesia's official languages are French and Tahitian.

adjective

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Relating to Tahiti, its people, or their language.
Example sentences
  • Both Banks and Solander had studied the Tahitian language on their voyage to the South Pacific and they were asked to chaperone Omai when he arrived in England in 1774 and help him adapt to European life.
  • Once known as ‘Sacred Havai'i ’, Raiatea was the traditional centre of Tahitian royalty, religion and culture, and its main attraction is the massive Taputaputea marae, the largest and most sacred site in Polynesia.
  • The Lalique vases, in particular, and Tahitian pearls are selling very well.

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