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Relating to or characteristic of the Indonesian island of Ambon, its inhabitants, or the language spoken there.‘members of the Ambonese community’
- ‘Of Ambonese and Dutch descent, she made her debut as a model in the 1970s.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2mass noun The language of the Indonesian island of Ambon.‘no one there could speak Ambonese’
- ‘Speakers [of Kayeli] are over 60 years old; others have completely shifted to Ambonese Malay as a first language.’
- ‘Ambonese Malay is truly a mixed language of central Maluku and reflects the social history of the region.’
- ‘Besides his native Amboinese he also spoke 'Malaysh' and 'Cinguishlaish.'’
- ‘The Ambonese language, called Ambonese Malay, is the first or second language of well over a million people.’
- ‘Typical for Ambonese is the change of *akAn, the original object preposition, into an inanimate third person pronoun.’
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