Definition of Balinese in English:

Balinese

adjective

  • Relating to Bali or its people or language.

    • ‘When I was there I listened to the Balinese / Western fusion on the radio and it was stunning.’
    • ‘Violence in Balinese society is usually tucked away as an unexamined aspect of discourses of ‘tradition’ and ‘culture.’’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, every official and member of society must realize that Bali belongs to every Balinese person.’
    • ‘The hotel itself, with 278 rooms, is a low-lying Balinese inspired building - no building can be higher than a coconut tree, remember?’
    • ‘The word betutu actually means ‘yellow spice’ in the Balinese language.’
    • ‘In Bali she founded the Balinese gamelan orchestras Tirta and Irama.’
    • ‘Moreover, for over a decade, cartoons have played a pivotal role in shaping the Balinese people's opinion and position on various developments on their island.’
    • ‘These efforts have focussed on restoring spiritual balance through ritual purification ceremonies, which reinforce an inherently apolitical Balinese self-image.’
    • ‘I would suspect it was more Bali economy, for the Balinese lifestyle is village-based, deeply spiritual and anything but decadent.’
    • ‘In popular ideas of Balinese identity, the highland people feature as the conceptual counterpart to the royal houses established in the southern lowlands of the island.’
    • ‘The area was thickly colonized by bamboo groves, known in Balinese language as tihing; hence the origin of its current name, Tihingan.’
    • ‘The Balinese language has a system of politeness levels.’
    • ‘Symmetrical harmony of structure and individual expression replace the free-flow carving and communal symbolism of traditional Balinese sculpture.’
    • ‘The skirt cloths and the Balinese textiles have a strong integrative bias, featuring tie and dye skills, the use of natural dyes along with the indigenous batik tradition.’
    • ‘In 1980 he stayed in Ubud, Bali, with noted Balinese painter, Nyoman Lempad.’
    • ‘The Balinese checkered cloth symbolizes the balance of good and evil.’
    • ‘But then, having stripped down musical composition, he infused it with African and Balinese harmonies, and made it more technologically complex.’
    • ‘With hands and eyes free, you can soak up the delights of the Balinese countryside: the green baize of the paddy fields, the split gate temples, the daily processions.’
    • ‘A Great House and two Balinese annexes - Hi and Lo - offer sumptuous sleeping options for private pirates and their tag-along crew.’
    • ‘You say that your Japanese period came long after you visited Japan but your Balinese period came long before you ever visited Bali.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Bali.

    • ‘For visitors from the south, battered by the stresses of city living, this seems to add up to an idea of holiday paradise, even if it is just a way of life for the Balinese.’
    • ‘The best way to protect yourself, in the mind of a Balinese with OCD, is to find out everything you can about him.’
    • ‘The Balinese rarely drink large amounts of alcohol and so foreigners were easily the prime consumers.’
    • ‘Certainly there is no historic precedent for this kind of thinking in Bali, where Muslims and Balinese have always lived side-by-side in relative peace.’
    • ‘Gamelan music is almost inseparable from the life of the Balinese.’
    • ‘At the end, the Florinese gave a hand-woven cloth to the Balinese, while the Balinese gave a wonderful mask to the Papuans.’
    • ‘It is not only the culture of MTV that defines the lives and aspirations of young, urban Balinese.’
    • ‘It has become almost a cliché for Australians to remark on the peacefulness of the Balinese.’
    • ‘And no other face fascinates him more at the moment than that of a Balinese.’
    • ‘The Balinese also have Anantaboga, their own version of the primeval Indian serpent Ananta.’
    • ‘When visiting the foundation's office in Sanur last week, Fawcet was seen busy making phone calls to seek assistance from his global contacts for the poor Balinese.’
    • ‘It must be kept in mind that Bali-cum-paradise was not developed exclusively by, or even for, the Balinese.’
    • ‘The resort is located on the slopes of Gunung Agung, the sacred mountain for the Balinese in East Bali.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he said that tourism is not an ultimate goal but a means to achieve the goal that is primarily the welfare of Balinese and Indonesians, in general.’
    • ‘The temple is a place of worship for both the Chinese and the Balinese.’
    • ‘Hinduism influenced cultures throughout Southeast Asia, but only one people are Hindu, the Balinese.’
    • ‘So let me relay Conrad's idea for how to help the Balinese (via the daily dose).’
    • ‘A few locals gather at night, offering a rare chance to chat with the Balinese on much more equal terms than in the tourist traps - learning a spot of Indonesian is part of the service.’
    • ‘Traditionally the Balinese have accepted Javanese rule, and in return the Javanese would largely leave Bali alone.’
    • ‘The Balinese have far tougher feet than we western divers.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Indonesian language of Bali, with around 4 million speakers.

    • ‘I can speak basic conversational Indonesian and I'm starting to learn Balinese.’
    • ‘I wasn't quite sure at first how we'd manage, but all resort staff minimally spoke Balinese and English, and I even overheard some staff speaking Japanese.’
    • ‘The interview has been translated from Balinese.’
    • ‘I told one guy I’d like to learn Balinese and he told me it would be necessary to live in the village but not to worry because it is easy.’

Pronunciation

Balinese

/ˌbɑːlɪˈniːz/