Definition of Samoan in English:


Line breaks: Sa¦moan
Pronunciation: /səˈməʊən


Relating to Samoa, its people, or their language.
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  • Names for relatives in the Samoan language are different from those in Western cultures.
  • Migrants from Southeast Asia arrived in the Samoan islands more than 2,000 years ago and from there settled the rest of Polynesia further to the east.
  • The data indicated that although the Samoan women felt as fat as the Australian women, this feeling was less likely to impact on their feelings of attractiveness.


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1A native or inhabitant of Samoa.
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  • Native born American Samoans are U. S. nationals and are free to travel between the two countries and reside in either.
  • Stevenson, known on the island as Tusitala, the Teller of Tales, is an honoured presence among the Samoans and feels he has found a safe haven among these uninhibited people who revere the gift of storytelling.
  • Their Tongans, Samoans and Premiership pensioners were much less impressive, and, on the day, there was no doubt that the unglamorous assembled might of Workington, Penrith, Wigton and Kendal was too much for them.
2 [mass noun] The Polynesian language of Samoa, which has over 300,000 speakers in Samoa, New Zealand, the US, and elsewhere.
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  • Linguistically, Tongan is related to Samoan and other Polynesian languages.
  • With such other languages as Hawaiian, Samoan, and Tongan, it is a member of the Polynesian branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family.
  • The Samoic subgroup includes Samoan and the languages of Tokelau and Tuvalu.

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