Definition of Javanese in English:

Javanese

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘The Dutch colonized the Javanese for 300 years before they finally pointed their guns on Aceh in 1873.’
    • ‘His strong voice, sharp glare and long gray hair and beard emphasize the strong personality of 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.’
    • ‘In Natrabu restaurants, where a traditional atmosphere is preserved, most of the employees are Javanese, Sundanese or even Acehnese.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Indonesian language of central Java, spoken by about 70 million people.

    • ‘His children all speak Javanese as well as Indonesian and work in shops.’
    • ‘A friend from high school even tried to be creative, writing a long message in three languages - Indonesian, Javanese and Sundanese.’
    • ‘Farida said she heard the kidnappers speaking Javanese, the dialect of most of Java Island where many TNI soldiers hail from.’
    • ‘The language of the kampungs and the street is Javanese, not Bahasa Indonesia.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

  • Relating to Java, its people, or their language.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

Javanese

/dʒɑːvəˈniːz/