Definition of Gilbertese in English:

Gilbertese

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Gilbert Islands.

    • ‘On Tokelau it is blamed on an infected Gilbertese.’
    • ‘In 1974 the Ellice Islanders, who are of Polynesian descent, voted to separate from the Micronesian Gilbertese.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Micronesian language spoken in the Gilbert Islands (see Kiribati).

    • ‘Many Tuvaluans are competent in Samoan, which functioned as the language of church and (to a lesser extent) government until recently, as well as Gilbertese, the dominant language of the colony for seven decades.’
    • ‘The I-Kiribati language, sometimes referred to as Gilbertese, is a Micronesian language in the Austronesian family and is spoken in a relatively uniform manner throughout the islands.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Gilbert Islands.

Pronunciation:

Gilbertese

/ˌɡɪlbəˈtiːz/