Definition of Bajau in English:

Bajau

noun

  • 1A member of a nomadic maritime people distributed throughout the islands and coastal areas from the Malay peninsula and Indonesia to the southern Philippines, and formerly associated with piracy.

  • 2The Austronesian language spoken by the Bajaus.

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or designating the Bajaus or their language.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Alexander Dalrymple (1737–1808), hydrographer. From Bugis Bajau subject of a country, Orang Laut, sea-gypsy.

Pronunciation

Bajau

/bəˈdʒaʊ/