Definition of balander in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈlandə/
(also balanda)


(In Australian Aboriginal English) a white man.
Example sentences
  • His mother, principal of the local school, blames the balanda (whitefellas).
  • Now balanda's actually a Macassan bahasa Indonesia term for Dutch person.
  • The Jabiluka uranium mine project will bring more balanda to the region.


Mid 19th century: from Makasarese balanda, from Malay belanda (alteration of Hollander in the sense 'Dutchman').

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