Definition of Maldivian in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Maldives.

    • ‘Originally Buddhists, Maldivians were converted to Sunni Islam in the mid-12 th century.’
    • ‘Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians and special permission is required to visit them.’
    • ‘And don't expect to find any bars outside the resort islands - Maldivians are forbidden by law to consume alcohol.’
    • ‘The Maldivians are called ‘the sea-people ‘by their neighbours in Sri Lanka.’’
    • ‘At least 82 people died, including three tourists, and 26 Maldivians are still missing.’
    • ‘The boat was waiting because these Maldivians live all their lives on the water.’
  • 2mass noun The Indic language spoken in the Maldives, related to Sinhalese.

    Also called Divehi
    • ‘When you need an interpreter because you're Maldivian customer is visiting and they only speak Maldivian, you need a reliable accurate interpreting service.’


  • Relating to the Maldives, their inhabitants, or their language.

    • ‘He reaffirmed that the Maldivian government will continue to observe the one-China policy.’
    • ‘Like all Maldivian resorts, Soneva Gili has an entire small island to itself - Lankanfushi, six nautical miles north of the Maldives capital Male.’
    • ‘There is also good news for the Maldivian fishing industry, with the tsunami causing little change in fishing conditions.’
    • ‘As we followed his departure, we picked up another common Maldivian reef denizen coming the other way - a hawksbill turtle.’
    • ‘The motive now becomes clear as the trawler re-appeared in Maldivian territorial waters on May 17.’