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A native or inhabitant of the Pitcairn Islands in the central South Pacific; specifically a native or inhabitant of Pitcairn Island, the chief island of the group, settled with a mixed European and Polynesian population by mutineers from H.M.S. Bounty in 1790.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Barrow (1764–1848), promoter of exploration and author. From the name of either PitcairnIsland or the PitcairnIslands, a group of islands in the central South Pacific + -er.
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