Definition of Madurese in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of the island of Madura in Indonesia.

    • ‘Ali Mumin, a Madurese who has been living in Bali for 10 years, said Idul Fitri celebrations on the island were still less joyous than in his hometown.’
    • ‘The range of ethnic groups is vast but the principal ones are: Malay, Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese, Ambon.’
    • ‘There are many Kalimantan people living in East Java and there are many East Javanese, including Madurese, living in Kalimantan.’
  • 2[mass noun] An Indonesian language spoken by over 12 million people in Madura and nearby parts of Java.

    • ‘The main language of Madura is Madurese, which is also spoken in part of eastern Java and on many of the 66 outlying islands.’
    • ‘The three major languages spoken on Java are Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese.’


  • Relating to the inhabitants of Madura or their language.

    • ‘The Madurese settlers are just a small part of the population among the Dayak, Malay and Chinese communities of Kalimantan.’
    • ‘While their menfolk were at sea, Madurese women made batik at home; this is the familiar story about Madurese batik.’
    • ‘Sixty children of Malay, Dayak, Madurese, and Chinese ethnic backgrounds in West Kalimantan held an exhibition of their photographs at the Pontianak museum in November 2000.’
    • ‘Born in Malang of Madurese parents, Rizza was the fifth of nine children.’
    • ‘The Madurese language is Austronesian, closely related to Javanese, and has two main dialects.’