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1A native or inhabitant of the Gilbert Islands.
- ‘On Tokelau it is blamed on an infected Gilbertese.’
- ‘In 1974 the Ellice Islanders, who are of Polynesian descent, voted to separate from the Micronesian Gilbertese.’
2mass noun The Micronesian language spoken in the Gilbert Islands (see Kiribati).See also Kiribati
- ‘Many Tuvaluans are competent in Samoan, which functioned as the language of church and (to a lesser extent) government until recently, as well as Gilbertese, the dominant language of the colony for seven decades.’
- ‘The I-Kiribati language, sometimes referred to as Gilbertese, is a Micronesian language in the Austronesian family and is spoken in a relatively uniform manner throughout the islands.’
Relating to the Gilbert Islands.
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