Definition of Gilbertese in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Gilbert Islands.

    • ‘In 1974 the Ellice Islanders, who are of Polynesian descent, voted to separate from the Micronesian Gilbertese.’
    • ‘On Tokelau it is blamed on an infected Gilbertese.’
  • 2mass noun The Micronesian language spoken in the Gilbert Islands.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Relating to the Gilbert Islands.