Meaning of Tokelauan in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtəʊkəˈlaʊən/


  • A native or inhabitant of the Tokelau group of islands in the western Pacific.

    ‘the sandy soil and meager vegetation force the Tokelauans to depend on the sea for protein’
    • ‘Every Tokelauan, Niuean, and Cook Islander is a New Zealand citizen.’
    • ‘The 8,000 expatriate Tokelauans, mostly in New Zealand, have no vote.’
    • ‘The Tokelauans, a Polynesian people, are reluctant over any change in status which would create the world's ultimate microstate.’
    • ‘This meaning emerged gradually over time, and Tokelauans are stuck with it.’
    • ‘I guess no one expected that enough Tokelauans would actually vote for colonial government.’
    • ‘It's an atoll the Americans call Swains Island but which Tokelauans call Olohega.’
    • ‘For young Tokelauans, the Internet is opening up a whole new world.’
    • ‘Tokelauans will retain New Zealand citizenship, and we will continue to provide aid and assistance.’
    • ‘They had to agree to a joint venture with the Tokelauans, giving them a share of profits.’
    • ‘There are 1,600 Tokelauans in Tokelau, but five times as many living overseas.’


  • Relating to or characteristic of the Tokelau group of islands in the western Pacific or its inhabitants.

    • ‘Tokelauan elders’