Definition of Papuan in English:


Syllabification: Pap·u·an
Pronunciation: /ˈpäpo͝oən, ˈpapyo͝oən


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Papua, or of Papua New Guinea.
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    • In Papua, the missionaries saw the laid-back, no-rule, non-authoritarian lifestyle of Papuans as a sign of their primitiveness.
    • West Papuans feel that Indonesia is despoiling their country by logging and mining, and that they are getting a disproportionately tiny share of the financial fruits.
    • If the Papuans need training so that they can manage their own country, why aren't local and international NGOs providing it?
  • 2A heterogeneous group of around 750 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea and neighboring islands.


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  • Of or relating to Papua or its people or their languages.
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    • Flassy said the transfer of power from the Indonesian government to Papuan should take place in six months.
    • The OPM itself was a rather loose organisation set up by West Papuan exiles with a headquarters in Holland and an office at the United Nations.
    • The word merdeka - an important political concept - is also key to understanding contemporary Papuan culture.

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