One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘There are many Kalimantan people living in East Java and there are many East Javanese, including Madurese, living in Kalimantan.’
- ‘The range of ethnic groups is vast but the principal ones are: Malay, Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese, Ambon.’
2mass 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘While their menfolk were at sea, Madurese women made batik at home; this is the familiar story about Madurese batik.’
- ‘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.’
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