2 [mass noun] The Micronesian language spoken in the Gilbert Islands (see Kiribati).
- The I-Kiribati language, sometimes referred to as Gilbertese, is a Micronesian language in the Austronesian family and is spoken in a relatively uniform manner throughout the islands.
- Many Tuvaluans are competent in Samoan, which functioned as the language of church and (to a lesser extent) government until recently, as well as Gilbertese, the dominant language of the colony for seven decades.
Relating to the Gilbert Islands.
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