1A member of a nomadic maritime people distributed throughout the islands and coastal areas from the Malay peninsula and Indonesia to the southern Philippines, and formerly associated with piracy.
2The Austronesian language spoken by the Bajaus.
Of, relating to, or designating the Bajaus or their language.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Alexander Dalrymple (1737–1808), hydrographer. From Bugis Bajau subject of a country, Orang Laut, sea-gypsy.