Definition of Indonesian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌindəˈnēZHən/ /ˌɪndəˈniʒən/

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  • Relating to Indonesia or its people or language.

    ‘And it fills a gap in the available Indonesian language resource materials.’
    • ‘The Indonesian language needed to be spread to the population and to be developed into the real language of the people.’
    • ‘It is a pity that the article appears in the Post and not in an Indonesian language paper so that more people would be able to read it.’
    • ‘An officer informs the Indonesian crew in the Indonesian language that if they were to enter Australia, they would be committing a crime.’
    • ‘Those that have studied in Indonesia obviously feel a strong association with the language and with Indonesian culture and society.’
    • ‘When my friend first moved to Indonesia from Canada, she became very set on learning the Indonesian language.’
    • ‘It also turned up as laksa in the Indonesian language in about the 13th century.’
    • ‘An Indonesian friend offered him to work as an English language instructor.’
    • ‘Are there a lot of Indonesian aid workers in there?’
    • ‘The Japanese generals had to neutralize the US fleet so that they could sweep into Southeast Asia and appropriate Indonesian petroleum.’
    • ‘With help from Australian and Indonesian military personnel, U.S. forces loaded supplies for immediate delivery southward.’
    • ‘After many drawing lessons, discussions on better management, workshops and good times, I was sent home by Indonesian immigration officials.’
    • ‘It arrived just as Indonesian workers and students had liberated themselves from Suharto (led by some unorthodox Marxists and trade unionists).’
    • ‘A delegation of 10 Indonesian officials visited the Northern Rivers this week to learn about how the region builds community partnerships.’
    • ‘Those undertaking Indonesian law research face the major hurdle of sourcing relevant legal material.’
    • ‘As you listen, you'll learn some Indonesian vocabulary and tune your ear to the sound of a foreign language.’
    • ‘Connoisseurs of the Indonesian textile arts know the spell these rich earthy colors and scintillating patterns can cast.’
    • ‘Contemporary Indonesian cooking is a rich and complex blend of many cultures.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Indonesia, or a person of Indonesian descent.

    ‘Most teachers in the National Plus schools are Indonesians with a small number of expatriate teachers.’
    • ‘This historical perspective is once again an issue of relevance to Indonesians and Indonesian art today.’
    • ‘About half the number were Australian, with Britons and Indonesians being among the other casualties.’
    • ‘In Indonesia, Indonesians are Indonesian first and members of their ethnic groups second.’
    • ‘The original aim was just to rebuild our confidence as Indonesians and rebuild the nation.’
    • ‘Forget about all the Indonesians or the Thai, we finally put a face to the disaster.’
    • ‘I'm sorry for the Indians, Indonesians, Sri Lankans and Thais who have to clean this mess up.’
    • ‘For the majority of Indonesians, Bahasa Indonesia is the language used in public.’
    • ‘When it comes to learning English, Indonesians are very fond of native speakers.’
    • ‘How do you get Indonesians to respect court decisions, when the Indonesian legal system has been so corrupt?’
    • ‘Every Papuan, no matter who they are, believes that Indonesians and Papuans are different.’
    • ‘Of the nine, five are Singaporeans, one is American and three are Indonesians.’
    • ‘The Commission's effort is in the interest of all Indonesians including Papuans.’
    • ‘The Indonesians were a powerful maritime nation in the 1st millennium.’
    • ‘Arrest warrants are still outstanding for two Indonesians and a Russian.’
    • ‘We have seen the Indonesians express support and solidarity with the Palestinians and demand action.’
    • ‘During the month, many Indonesians will spend more on food and goods.’
    • ‘This could result in greater appreciation for Italian culture and civilization among Indonesians.’
    • ‘More than 40 million Indonesians languish in unemployment, official data shows.’
  • 2The group of Austronesian languages, closely related to Malay, which are spoken in Indonesia and neighboring islands.

    • ‘What was wrong with keeping official Indonesian, the language of the region and the one in which a whole generation of East Timorese had been educated?’
    1. 2.1The Austronesian language, closely related to Malay, that is the official language of Indonesia.
      Also called Bahasa Indonesia
      ‘Whilst we were in Indonesia we spoke to a great number of Indonesians in English as well as in Indonesian.’
      • ‘Training last Sunday was really funny, because the coach and I spoke Chinese, the Filipinos spoke English and the Indonesians spoke Indonesian.’
      • ‘I can do it - I have Tagalog-speaking friends, and I think I could get access to someone who speaks Indonesian.’
      • ‘Maria was speaking in Indonesian to the driver, telling him to hurry up, hurry up.’
      • ‘Generally, Sundanese is the language of choice among family members and friends, while in the public sphere, Indonesian is used.’
      • ‘Before hordes of kids were offered Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian as language subjects.’
      • ‘It was amusing to note that there appeared to be instructions in Indonesian / Malay and Chinese only, and none in English.’
      • ‘Skills developed as a result of the workshop can be used to go on to learn other tonal and non-tonal languages including Chinese, Vietnamese and Indonesian.’
      • ‘A quite significant number of Australian secondary schools now teach Asian history, culture and languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian.’
      • ‘At the time of this writing, Scribus has been translated into 19 languages, most recently Czech, Russian and Indonesian.’
      • ‘If I asked speakers how to say something in colloquial Indonesian, they would invariably provide sentences in the formal language.’
      • ‘This will likely happen with most European languages, as well as Vietnamese and Indonesian.’
      • ‘Spoken Indonesian varies depending on the rank or status of the speaking partner.’
      • ‘Across the office, a couple of guys were discussing English, Indonesian and Mandarin Chinese in the morning.’
      • ‘The Qur'an is available in both Arabic and Indonesian, and the family I stayed with readily found the book to list the Muslim prophets.’