Borrowed from German Austronesisch; coined by Wilhelm Schmidt. From Latin austro- (“southern”) + Ancient Greek νῆσος (nêsos, “island”) + -ian.
Austronesian (comparative more Austronesian, superlative most Austronesian)
- Pertaining to the Austronesian language family.
- an Austronesian language
- Of or pertaining to Austronesia.
- 2022 August 6, Lu, Tyson; Sean Lin, “Taitung university launches doctoral program on Austronesian studies”, in Focus Taiwan, archived from the original on 06 August 2022, Culture:
- Taitung County, with seven Indigenous peoples of Austronesian descent -- Amis, Paiwan, Bunun, Rukai, Pinuyumayan (also known as the Puyuma), Yami (also known as the Tao), and Kavalan -- is the most diverse region in Taiwan in terms of Austronesian culture, offering students a chance to apply their research to real-world scenarios and engage in intimate observations of how indigenous groups grapple with the challenges of modern times, Chen said.
of or pertaining to Austronesia
Austronesian (plural Austronesians)
- A speaker of an Austronesian language, especially a member of the ancient maritime culture that spread Austronesian languages across the Pacific from Taiwan.
- Austronesia (back-formation)
- Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database
- “Austronesian”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- Austronesian languages on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- list of major and official Austronesian languages on Wikipedia.Wikipedia