One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Java, or a person of Javanese descent.
- ‘He went to the 14 th-century Panataran Temple in Blitar, East Java but found little that could tell him more about gamelan, a musical instrument claimed to be indigenous to the Javanese.’
- ‘While most of the people praying at the Sam Poo Thay Jien altar are ethnic Chinese, most of the people at the Anchor Temple are Javanese.’
- ‘The Dutch colonized the Javanese for 300 years before they finally pointed their guns on Aceh in 1873.’
- ‘In Natrabu restaurants, where a traditional atmosphere is preserved, most of the employees are Javanese, Sundanese or even Acehnese.’
- ‘His strong voice, sharp glare and long gray hair and beard emphasize the strong personality of the Javanese.’
2mass noun The Indonesian language of central Java, spoken by about 70 million people.
- ‘He laments the loss and corruption of Balinese language by such factors as illiteracy in the traditional script and the influences of Javanese, Indonesian and English speech-forms.’
- ‘The language of the kampungs and the street is Javanese, not Bahasa Indonesia.’
- ‘A friend from high school even tried to be creative, writing a long message in three languages - Indonesian, Javanese and Sundanese.’
- ‘His children all speak Javanese as well as Indonesian and work in shops.’
- ‘Farida said she heard the kidnappers speaking Javanese, the dialect of most of Java Island where many TNI soldiers hail from.’
Relating to Java, its people, or their language.
- ‘Although Hindu Bali did not convert to Islam, it was part of this archipelagic continuity because of its intimate connections with Java and Javanese culture.’
- ‘A few years ago, when Soeharto was still in power, an ancient temple in Central Java was reportedly destroyed by a group of believers in Javanese mysticism, including some then Cabinet ministers.’
- ‘Some of the players were members of Wayang Orang Bharata while others were Javanese art-lovers who included a medical doctor, a law practitioner and university students.’
- ‘Gembili in the Javanese language are small, round and black-skinned potatoes.’
- ‘As for me, born in Java, but not of Javanese ancestry, I can only watch on the sidelines, and hope against hope that Candi Ceto, and places like it, will always be part of a living tradition.’
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