Definition of Marquesan in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɑːˈkeɪz(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /mɑːˈkeɪs(ə)n/


1A native or inhabitant of the Marquesas Islands, especially a member of the aboriginal Polynesian people of these islands.
Example sentences
  • They divided childhood into only three stages, as did Ifaluk parents on the other side of the world, while Marquesans did not differentiate among ‘kids’ at all until the sexually active stage.
  • Noel was a large Marquesan with many, many tattoos.
  • The thought of death, I have said, is uppermost in the mind of the Marquesan.
2 [mass noun] The Polynesian language of the Marquesans.
Example sentences
  • They spoke Marquesan and French so we didn't understand most of their chatter.
  • Though there are people on Ua Pou who have never left the island and speak only Marquesan, most of these folks spoke Marquesan, Tahitian and French.
  • An expert with several books on the Marquesas to his credit, he speaks Marquesan, French, German, and Russian and has many friends on the islands.


Relating to the Marquesans or their language.
Example sentences
  • This fine repository of culture - from the first Marquesan arrivals of some 1500 years ago, through to the polyglot immigrant cultures that today make up Hawaii's rainbow complexion - briefly restores my faith in authenticity.
  • In the exhibition book, the author discreetly touches on the decimation of the Marquesan population that followed contacts with European travelers.
  • The work he examines is not the entire corpus of Marquesan art (which, of course, is still being added to) but the limited set of motifs illustrated in Karl von den Steinen's three-volume The Marquesaners and their art, published in 1925.

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