Definition of Australian in English:



  • A native or inhabitant of Australia, or a person of Australian descent.

    • ‘Before the Australians take all the credit, I should say that the French got there first.’
    • ‘People are mobile and young Australians must be given the tools to compete globally.’
    • ‘Most Australians still feel proud of what their nation did to help its tiny neighbour.’
    • ‘When Australians hear that I am a Queenslander born and bred they tend to nod wisely!’
    • ‘Obesity will take lives and destroy the quality of life for the next generation of Australians if we do not act now.’
    • ‘I often get nice emails from Australians who have an excellent sense of humour.’
    • ‘Along with most Australians, I do not want a world in which one country has all the power.’
    • ‘The Australians cleaned up Baidoa in a matter of weeks for the benefit of the people of that city.’
    • ‘Nature periodically reminds Australians just how fragile their hold on the land is.’
    • ‘If Australians choose to rally around a symbol it should be one that unites not divides.’
    • ‘We are working hard to ensure older Australians are able to live in dignity and comfort.’
    • ‘Young Australians are now exposed to a much broader slice of the world than old generations were.’
    • ‘Are Scots more likely than Australians to observe their national day with reverence?’
    • ‘Not much is left here from the great reputation Australians got after the Olympics.’
    • ‘Finance is the only stumbling block as the Australians are extremely keen on the idea.’
    • ‘It seems Australians are divided by far more than the old barriers of class and wealth.’
    • ‘There is a higher percentage of Australians overseas than there are Americans with passports.’
    • ‘In the meantime we Australians will have to take this defeat on the chin.’
    • ‘Throw in the passionate love of sport of so many Australians, and the stage is set for a memorable Games.’
    • ‘The Australians looked disorientated at the aggression directed towards them.’


  • 1Relating to Australia.

    • ‘Thanks Mark for giving us an insight into your opinion of the Australian voter.’
    • ‘We are appreciative of the Australian government's reaction to the situation.’
    • ‘He was a member of the Australian delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.’
    • ‘The democracies established in the Australian states are now almost 150 years old.’
    • ‘In response, Australian employers say they have made good progress on combating the problem.’
    • ‘But it remains true that the Australian books which tend to sell the most copies are fiction.’
    • ‘The group is in town as part of its Australian tour.’
    • ‘There are many poems rooted solidly in Australian landscapes, both literal and emotional.’
    • ‘It was announced earlier this week that due to illness his Australian tour has been cancelled.’
    • ‘He has a review of a book of stories about Australian history.’
    • ‘This is the most passionately crafted and refreshing Australian films I've seen in a while.’
    • ‘We must remind the Australian people not only of the alternatives, but of the consequences of change.’
    • ‘In December, 1841, they both crossed to Victoria on the Australian mainland to join the gold rush.’
    • ‘For the Prime Minister, this is about the symbolism of the Australian farmer.’
    • ‘The bank's Australian owner had announced plans to close 100 branches in the UK.’
    • ‘Yeah, I think it's getting better and better each time we perform in front of an Australian crowd.’
    • ‘The Australian protests were part of a coordinated international student strike with US students.’
    • ‘It is this participatory encouragement by parents that gets the Australian child hooked on sport.’
    • ‘A number of top wine importers and distributors will have on display the very best of Australian wines.’
    • ‘The Art in the Heart project highlights the Australian approach to the Arts.’
    • ‘Management of the Australian economy is something not to be taken lightly.’
    1. 1.1Zoology Relating to or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising Australasia together with Indonesia east of Wallace's line, in which monotremes and marsupials dominate the fauna.
      Compare with Notogaea
      • ‘There is a strong possibility that cloning could be used to help preserve Australian mammals.’
      • ‘Baudin sent him back to France, loaded with a great wealth of specimens of Australian fauna and flora.’
      • ‘He also came face to face with a bearded dragon - an Australian lizard, stick insects and a tarantula.’
      • ‘He denied this and said it was simply because he has a soft spot for this particular Australian marsupial.’
      • ‘I hoped to meet with a team of young scientists based here who are working to protect Australian fauna.’
    2. 1.2Botany Relating to or denoting a phytogeographical kingdom comprising only Australia and Tasmania.
      • ‘The two self-fertile white clover cultivars were bred from Australian plants.’
      • ‘The tree, an Australian wild fig, had a circumference of more than five metres.’
      • ‘A well-adapted Australian hybrid, was chosen for its high tillering ability.’
      • ‘Seeds of many Australian species require several months' storage before germination is possible.’
      • ‘It's an Australian plant naturalised in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold.’
      • ‘The y-axis is the maximum latitude south of native Australian species.’
      • ‘More complex blocking molecules are produced by the Australian marine alga, Delisea pulchra.’


  • the australian dream

    • The desire to own a comfortable and spacious home.

      ‘when families with good jobs can't afford a home, the great Australian dream is lost’


From French australien, from Latin australis in the phrase Terra Australis the southern land, the name of the supposed southern continent.