Definition of Negrito in English:



  • A member of a black people of short stature native to the Austronesian region.

    • ‘The Sentineli are Negritos - or, in somewhat un-PC terms, Pygmies.’
    • ‘The country's indigenous population includes the orang asli, which is commonly divided into the Negritos (a nomadic hunting people), the Senoi (an agrarian people), and the Jakun (an agrarian people).’
    • ‘Controversial Australian historian Keith Windschuttle recently published a definitive study on Australia's short-stature tribes, referred to variously as Pygmies, Negritos, Tasmanoids, and Barrineans.’
    • ‘The population of India comprises of six main ethnic groups namely, the Negrito, Proto-austroloids, Mongoloids, Mediterranean or Dravidian, Western brachycephals and the Nordic Aryans.’
    • ‘However, various biogenetic studies of the Negritos have indicated their affinities with other Asian populations.’
    • ‘Intermarriage with Austronesians, and the adoption of their technologies might have led the so-called Negritos to adopt Austronesian languages, but a substrate of vocabulary from the earlier languages remains in some of them.’
    • ‘This calls into question not only whether the Negritos are in any way related to the African Pygmies, but whether they are really even related to each other.’
    • ‘According to Teuku Jacob, if the height of the Negritos is roughly between 155 and 163 cm, they would be called pygmoid.’
    • ‘The first people in the Philippines, the Negritos, are believed to have come to the islands 30,000 years ago from Borneo and Sumatra, making their way across then-existing land bridges.’
    • ‘The tribal Negritos do not eat visitors anymore (if indeed they ever did).’


Spanish, diminutive of negro ‘black’ (see Negro); compare with Negrillo.