Meaning of Kanak in English:

Kanak

Pronunciation /ˈkɑːnək/

nounplural noun Kanak, plural noun Kanaks

  • An indigenous Melanesian inhabitant of New Caledonia.

    ‘many of the Kanak lamented the fact that much of their unique knowledge has been lost’
    • ‘Kanaks requested that their languages be recognized and taught’
    • ‘This wealth has traditionally been concentrated in the capital, Noumea, and has thus been inaccessible to most Kanak.’
    • ‘That's sort of the characteristic of the Kanak.’
    • ‘Over the following century the Kanak saw their most fertile lands seized while they themselves were forcibly placed on reserves.’
    • ‘This accord also promised greater recognition of Kanak land rights and economic integration for Kanak.’
    • ‘The Kanak became integrated into the market economy very rapidly at the beginning of the colonial period.’
    • ‘Kanak formulate their identities through their relationships to the landscape and its elements, both visible and invisible.’
    • ‘Many of the Kanak whom I interviewed unequivocally demonstrated anxiety regarding taboo places and associated ancestors.’
    • ‘This raises the question of the appropriateness of conventional Western aesthetic canons to Kanak art.’
    • ‘This accord also promised greater recognition of Kanak land rights and economic integration for Kanak.’
    • ‘The terms 'revolt', 'rebellion', 'resistance' or 'insurrection' have been inappropriately applied to the Kanak wars of the first decades of French colonial rule in New Caledonia.’

adjective

  • Relating to the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia.

    • ‘Kanak families now encourage children to receive a higher education’