Definition of Oceanian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōSHēˈanēən/ /ˌoʊʃiˈæniən/


  • Relating to or characteristic of the islands of Oceania or their inhabitants.

    ‘the cool, shadowy Oceanian landscape’
    • ‘Representatives from 106 countries from the Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Oceanian regions are expected to attend.’
    • ‘According to an astronomical observation station, people in eastern Asian, Pacific and northern Oceanian areas and North America will be able to observe the eclipse.’
    • ‘The gallery showcases artworks by modern and contemporary Native American, African, Oceanian and Indonesian artists.’
    • ‘She holds the New Zealand, Oceanian, Commonwealth and equal World Championship records with a personal best throw of 21.24m.’
    • ‘The FIFA U-20 World Cup will be held on Oceanian soil for the third time after Australia hosted the competition in 1981 and 1993.’


  • A native or inhabitant of the islands of Oceania.

    ‘the Oceanians who progressively peopled the Pacific islands over ten centuries’
    • ‘For my part, anyone who has lived in our region and is committed to Oceania, is an Oceanian.’
    • ‘The rhythms of the tides were in an Oceanian's blood, the coursing of the currents in an Oceanian's arteries.’
    • ‘In the future, scientists could investigate whether anyone who took the southern route left any genetic traces in modern Oceanians, Pagani said.’
    • ‘Asians, Europeans and Oceanians are all most likely to buy in North America than any other global region when investing overseas, followed by Europe.’