Meaning of balander in English:


Pronunciation /bəˈlandə/


(also balanda)
  • (in Australian Aboriginal English) a white man.

    • ‘His mother, principal of the local school, blames the balanda (whitefellas).’
    • ‘Now balanda's actually a Macassan bahasa Indonesia term for Dutch person.’
    • ‘The Jabiluka uranium mine project will bring more balanda to the region.’
    • ‘So if there was a particular problem for which they needed balanda help, they would go to one they felt in good relationship with.’


Mid 19th century from Makasarese balanda, from Malay belanda(alteration of Hollander in the sense ‘Dutchman’).