Meaning of Balinese in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɑːlɪˈniːz/


  • Relating to Bali or its people or language.

    ‘The area was thickly colonized by bamboo groves, known in Balinese language as tihing; hence the origin of its current name, Tihingan.’
    • ‘In 1980 he stayed in Ubud, Bali, with noted Balinese painter, Nyoman Lempad.’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, every official and member of society must realize that Bali belongs to every Balinese person.’
    • ‘In Bali she founded the Balinese gamelan orchestras Tirta and Irama.’
    • ‘The word betutu actually means ‘yellow spice’ in the Balinese language.’
    • ‘The Balinese language has a system of politeness levels.’
    • ‘I would suspect it was more Bali economy, for the Balinese lifestyle is village-based, deeply spiritual and anything but decadent.’
    • ‘You say that your Japanese period came long after you visited Japan but your Balinese period came long before you ever visited Bali.’
    • ‘Violence in Balinese society is usually tucked away as an unexamined aspect of discourses of ‘tradition’ and ‘culture.’’
    • ‘These efforts have focussed on restoring spiritual balance through ritual purification ceremonies, which reinforce an inherently apolitical Balinese self-image.’
    • ‘Symmetrical harmony of structure and individual expression replace the free-flow carving and communal symbolism of traditional Balinese sculpture.’
    • ‘With hands and eyes free, you can soak up the delights of the Balinese countryside: the green baize of the paddy fields, the split gate temples, the daily processions.’
    • ‘In popular ideas of Balinese identity, the highland people feature as the conceptual counterpart to the royal houses established in the southern lowlands of the island.’
    • ‘The skirt cloths and the Balinese textiles have a strong integrative bias, featuring tie and dye skills, the use of natural dyes along with the indigenous batik tradition.’
    • ‘Moreover, for over a decade, cartoons have played a pivotal role in shaping the Balinese people's opinion and position on various developments on their island.’
    • ‘But then, having stripped down musical composition, he infused it with African and Balinese harmonies, and made it more technologically complex.’
    • ‘The hotel itself, with 278 rooms, is a low-lying Balinese inspired building - no building can be higher than a coconut tree, remember?’
    • ‘The Balinese checkered cloth symbolizes the balance of good and evil.’
    • ‘When I was there I listened to the Balinese / Western fusion on the radio and it was stunning.’
    • ‘A Great House and two Balinese annexes - Hi and Lo - offer sumptuous sleeping options for private pirates and their tag-along crew.’

nounplural noun Balinese

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Bali.

    ‘The resort is located on the slopes of Gunung Agung, the sacred mountain for the Balinese in East Bali.’
    • ‘A few locals gather at night, offering a rare chance to chat with the Balinese on much more equal terms than in the tourist traps - learning a spot of Indonesian is part of the service.’
    • ‘So let me relay Conrad's idea for how to help the Balinese (via the daily dose).’
    • ‘Certainly there is no historic precedent for this kind of thinking in Bali, where Muslims and Balinese have always lived side-by-side in relative peace.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he said that tourism is not an ultimate goal but a means to achieve the goal that is primarily the welfare of Balinese and Indonesians, in general.’
    • ‘Hinduism influenced cultures throughout Southeast Asia, but only one people are Hindu, the Balinese.’
    • ‘It is not only the culture of MTV that defines the lives and aspirations of young, urban Balinese.’
    • ‘When visiting the foundation's office in Sanur last week, Fawcet was seen busy making phone calls to seek assistance from his global contacts for the poor Balinese.’
    • ‘For visitors from the south, battered by the stresses of city living, this seems to add up to an idea of holiday paradise, even if it is just a way of life for the Balinese.’
    • ‘Gamelan music is almost inseparable from the life of the Balinese.’
    • ‘It must be kept in mind that Bali-cum-paradise was not developed exclusively by, or even for, the Balinese.’
    • ‘And no other face fascinates him more at the moment than that of a Balinese.’
    • ‘The temple is a place of worship for both the Chinese and the Balinese.’
    • ‘It has become almost a cliché for Australians to remark on the peacefulness of the Balinese.’
    • ‘At the end, the Florinese gave a hand-woven cloth to the Balinese, while the Balinese gave a wonderful mask to the Papuans.’
    • ‘The Balinese have far tougher feet than we western divers.’
    • ‘The Balinese also have Anantaboga, their own version of the primeval Indian serpent Ananta.’
    • ‘The Balinese rarely drink large amounts of alcohol and so foreigners were easily the prime consumers.’
    • ‘Traditionally the Balinese have accepted Javanese rule, and in return the Javanese would largely leave Bali alone.’
  • 2mass noun The Indonesian language of Bali, with around 4 million speakers.

    ‘The interview has been translated from Balinese.’
    • ‘I can speak basic conversational Indonesian and I'm starting to learn Balinese.’
    • ‘I told one guy I’d like to learn Balinese and he told me it would be necessary to live in the village but not to worry because it is easy.’
    • ‘I wasn't quite sure at first how we'd manage, but all resort staff minimally spoke Balinese and English, and I even overheard some staff speaking Japanese.’