Definition of Ambonese in English:


(also Amboinese)


  • Relating to or characteristic of the Indonesian island of Ambon, its inhabitants, or the language spoken there.

    ‘members of the Ambonese community’
    • ‘The Dutch rulers recruited army personnel from the Manadonese and Ambonese ethnic groups.’
    • ‘Thousands of Ambonese Christians fled to the Netherlands.’
    • ‘The Ambonese public and most legislators rejected the idea.’
    • ‘Of Ambonese and Dutch descent, she made her debut as a model in the 1970s.’
    • ‘His is not proficient in Indonesian, having used his Ambonese dialect most of his life, and his wife helps in explaining his thoughts as he stumbles over words.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Indonesian island of Ambon.

    ‘the Ambonese have preserved their quite separate identity’
    • ‘In the past, Ambonese living outside the province returned to their home towns to celebrate.’
    • ‘As a retired general of the Indonesian army and an Ambonese, he is supposed to have all the insider knowledge needed to judge events correctly.’
    • ‘He urged the Ambonese to sort out the problem themselves and asked the Vice President to oversee progress.’
    • ‘For generations, Ambonese of both faiths practiced pela gandong - peaceful coexistence - under which mosques and churches were built together.’
    • ‘Many Ambonese, Keiese and Menadonese were employed as officials, police, teachers and missionaries.’
  • 2mass noun The language of the Indonesian island of Ambon.

    ‘no one there could speak Ambonese’
    • ‘Besides his native Amboinese he also spoke 'Malaysh' and 'Cinguishlaish.'’
    • ‘Ambonese Malay is truly a mixed language of central Maluku and reflects the social history of the region.’
    • ‘Typical for Ambonese is the change of *akAn, the original object preposition, into an inanimate third person pronoun.’
    • ‘The Ambonese language, called Ambonese Malay, is the first or second language of well over a million people.’
    • ‘Speakers [of Kayeli] are over 60 years old; others have completely shifted to Ambonese Malay as a first language.’