Definition of Sundanese in English:



  • 1A member of a mainly Muslim people of western Java.

    • ‘But the owners are not native of West Sumatra, but usually Javenese and Sundanese.’
    • ‘Iwan Hendrawan, chairman of the Association of Regency Legislatures, criticized those people demanding a Sundanese governor, saying the province was home to numerous other ethnic groups besides Sundanese.’
    • ‘Costuming for this performance was the customary dress of the Sundanese, both formal attire and everyday street clothes were worn.’
    • ‘Many of Indonesia's most famous pop stars are Sundanese.’
    • ‘Even the Sundanese of West Java, who consider themselves Muslims, believe rice is the personification of the rice Goddess Dewi Sri.’
    • ‘The other half spans a congeries of smaller groups, the largest of which are the Sundanese, who also call Java home.’
    • ‘As a result, while Islam has become as important as nationalism for many Indonesians, for the Sundanese of the Priangan who identity themselves with NU, it has developed a special ethnic significance.’
    • ‘The range of ethnic groups is vast but the principal ones are: Malay, Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese, Ambon.’
    • ‘The Sundanese of West Java, by contrast, are ardently Muslim.’
    • ‘In Indonesia, people from the provinces of East Java, Yogyakarta and Central Java are called Javanese, while West Javanese are called Sundanese.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Sundanese in rural West Java fervently consider themselves to be as Muslim as they are Sundanese.’
    • ‘For the rural Sundanese of West Java who identify with Nahdatul Ulama Islam, the tingkeban is considered a mandatory ritual to be conducted for a woman who is seven months pregnant.’
    • ‘Born as Abdul Azis, the 35-year-old Sundanese was described as a highly mobile man with a clear brown complexion, thin moustache, and always wearing a hat.’
    • ‘Batak who migrate to cities in Java organize evening lessons to instruct newcomers in proper behavior with the majority Javanese and Sundanese with whom they will live and work.’
    • ‘The two-child family ideal at the centre of this philosophy contradicts rural notions concerning the importance of a large family to the future of the lineage, Sundanese ethnicity and Islam as the NU Sundanese perceive it.’
    • ‘In this paper, I explore Islam as it is practised by the Sundanese in the Priangan Mountains in central West Java.’
    • ‘Certainly, for the rural Sundanese, modernity carries overtones of urbanisation, Westernisation, and corruption.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Indonesian language of the Sundanese, with around 25 million speakers.

    • ‘In Sundanese the old man said: ‘Don't pay attention to it.’
    • ‘A friend from high school even tried to be creative, writing a long message in three languages - Indonesian, Javanese and Sundanese.’
    • ‘They speak both their native tongue, Sundanese, and the Indonesian national language.’
    • ‘It sounded like some ancient version of Sundanese and he was mumbling.’
    • ‘Some bluntly blamed school teachers for not introducing Sundanese culture and not teaching them how to write poems and fiction in Sundanese or Indonesian.’
    • ‘Most of them mix in words from other languages, like Sundanese, Javanese and the ever-present Betawi (sono in place of sana).’


  • Relating to the Sundanese or their language.

    • ‘Jakarta residents need not go all the way to Hong Kong to enjoy such an experience (and the experience of picking one's own fish fresh from the pond is also offered by many a local Sundanese restaurant).’
    • ‘History records that the ensembles then consisted of a combination of Chinese and Sundanese instruments including gambang.’
    • ‘I conducted the chief period of my fieldwork among Sundanese villagers in the shire of Cikajang, in the Priangan Mountains of West Java, from 1995-96, that is, during the last years of the Suharto regime.’
    • ‘He said that a rest area would supposedly be built where Sundanese and Purwakarta traditional food would be sold as well as stalls selling handicrafts and peuyeum.’
    • ‘The narrative then moves to the introduction of rice into the Sundanese kingdom and the development of practices and sex taboos around the cooking of rice.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we couldn't find a suitable place in this lovely town famous for its delicious rice, as well as the tembang Cianjuran traditional Sundanese music.’
    • ‘She also perfected her knowledge of Sundanese singing and flute playing, and later classical Javanese singing.’
    • ‘His father is Balinese and his mother Sundanese.’
    • ‘Wahyu's residency provides a unique opportunity for people to learn and experience Sundanese music and culture first-hand.’
    • ‘Religion is thus central to the way rural Sundanese communities construe the world and position themselves within it in connection and in opposition to outside forces.’
    • ‘Popular until the 1960s, all-male reog groups often collaborated with other traditional Sundanese musicians, with gongs and flutes often added to the ensemble.’
    • ‘Pak Iwan, the duty manager, was dressed in a Sundanese outfit.’
    • ‘‘Those who stay awake to listen or watch wayang performances are old Sundanese people, or youths who are socially marginalized just like the art they are enjoying,’ said a Sundanese culture figure.’
    • ‘Nurul, who likes Sundanese food and seafood and enjoys the works of John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon, is a Muslim, while her husband is a Catholic.’
    • ‘For instance, we blend Balinese and Javanese music, or Sundanese and Minang music.’
    • ‘She edged through the ash in a storm to the music of Sundanese drums and an electronic soundscape.’
    • ‘There are still many non-Islamic elements in Sundanese ceremonies and rituals, particularly those surrounding the growing of rice.’
    • ‘Two percussionists from Bandung, Wahyu and Jiner, played their instruments beautifully to add a Sundanese touch to the music.’
    • ‘The assignments consisted of writing responses to self-selected Sundanese poems and fiction.’
    • ‘During the question period, Senator Jaffer explained that Canada is doing two things to include Sundanese people in the peace process.’


From Sundanese Sunda, the western part of Java, + -ese.