Definition of Ryukyuan in English:

Ryukyuan

(also Ryuchuan)

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of the Ryukyu Islands. Later also: the language spoken in the Ryukyu Islands, or any of its dialects; = "Ryukyu".

adjective

  • Of or relating to the Ryukyu Islands, its inhabitants, or their language.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Griffis (1843–1928). From the name of Ryukyu + -an.

Pronunciation

Ryukyuan

/rɪˈuːkjuːən/