Definition of Gilbertese in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡɪlbəˈtiːz/


1A native or inhabitant of the Gilbert Islands.
Example sentences
  • On Tokelau it is blamed on an infected Gilbertese.
  • In 1974 the Ellice Islanders, who are of Polynesian descent, voted to separate from the Micronesian Gilbertese.
2 [mass noun] The Micronesian language spoken in the Gilbert Islands (see Kiribati).
Example sentences
  • 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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