Definition of Tahitian in English:

Tahitian

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Tahiti, or a person of Tahitian descent.

    • ‘Today, the vast majority of rural Tahitians belong to the Evangelical Protestant Church of French Polynesia.’
    • ‘In addition, Tongans, Tahitians and, Fijians participate in the Pacific Islander Festival, a weekend event held annually in Southern California since 1990.’
    • ‘Hawaiians are ethnic descendants of Tahitians who migrated north around 1200.’
    • ‘The mutineers returned to Tahiti in the Bounty, and eventually the leader, Fletcher Christian, and a party of sailors and Tahitians set up a community on Pitcairn Island.’
    • ‘Wildcard Hira Teriinatoofa proved the most successful Tahitian in this year's tournament, placing equal 9th.’
    • ‘There is humor, during many of the scenes involving the crew cavorting with the native Tahitians.’
  • 2[mass noun] The language of Tahiti, a Polynesian language with about 125,000 speakers.

    • ‘A majority of the residents speak both French and Tahitian, the dominant Polynesian language.’
    • ‘These days, most linguists would prefer to think of Tahitian and Maori as separate languages, and to more fully acknowledge Tupia's obvious talent with languages, but it is obvious that the two languages are closely related.’
    • ‘The two standard languages are Tahitian and French, but many islanders have at least some English.’
    • ‘It was from her that he learnt ballet, tap, ballroom, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Spanish, jazz and baton-twirling.’
    • ‘It is closely related to the other languages of Polynesia including Tahitian, Tonga, Maori, and Rarotongan.’
    • ‘French, the official language, is spoken by most residents; Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tahitian, Wallisian, and Chinese are among the twenty-eight languages spoken by Kanaks.’
    • ‘For example, the presence of consonant clusters, which are not found in Tahitian, is hard to explain because most pidgins and Creoles tend to have a simple syllable structure consisting of a consonant and a vowel.’
    • ‘French Polynesia's official languages are French and Tahitian.’
    • ‘She and her partner, Ben, had no English and we had no Tahitian, but we managed.’
    • ‘More significant, in contrast to Hawaii, where only a handful of people speak Hawaiian fluently or use the language on a daily basis, most residents of Tahiti, even non-Tahitians, speak Tahitian.’

adjective

  • Relating to Tahiti, its people, or their language.

    • ‘The Lalique vases, in particular, and Tahitian pearls are selling very well.’
    • ‘Its overwater bungalows are strung out like a string of shiny, dark Tahitian pearls in front of a half-mile stretch of vanilla-coloured sand.’
    • ‘Both Banks and Solander had studied the Tahitian language on their voyage to the South Pacific and they were asked to chaperone Omai when he arrived in England in 1774 and help him adapt to European life.’
    • ‘While filming Mutiny on the Bounty, in which he played Fletcher Christian, he fell so in love with the Tahitian location that he bought his own island, Tetiaroa.’
    • ‘And, whatever their inadequacies in the light of later understandings, Cook's and Banks's descriptions marked the beginning of modern knowledge of Tahitian, Maori, and Aboriginal culture.’
    • ‘She based her scent on the intoxicating Tahitian gardenia.’
    • ‘Tetiaroa, a former summer residence of Tahitian royalty, is an atoll, a ring of 13 low-lying islands, or motus, protected by a coral reef and surrounding a crystal-clear lagoon.’
    • ‘Jane Freeman Mouline's chapter concerns the institutionalisation of Tahitian dance and its evolution from a village-based participatory genre to a specialist art form.’
    • ‘Once known as ‘Sacred Havai'i ’, Raiatea was the traditional centre of Tahitian royalty, religion and culture, and its main attraction is the massive Taputaputea marae, the largest and most sacred site in Polynesia.’
    • ‘There were colorful pareos, wrapped for wear in sundry ways by Tahitian women, who can get by with half a dozen as their entire wardrobe.’
    • ‘Settled by the mutineers from the Bounty and their Tahitian companions in 1789, residents of Pitcairn have relied on fishing and subsistence farming for their survival.’
    • ‘Thousands of Tahitian extras appeared in the film, and Brando married his first lady, Tarita Teriipaia.’
    • ‘Back on land, the resort provides complimentary tennis, Tahitian dance classes and lessons in making local clothing and crafts.’
    • ‘Another cruise holiday option is within the Tahitian islands - with three sailings to choose from.’
    • ‘On Friday nights there is an energetic Polynesian night, with dance displays and music and the opportunity to get up on stage and humiliate yourself by joining the grass-skirted Tahitian dance troupe.’
    • ‘My wardrobe contains a large collection of hats for all occasions; everything from a Russian-style fur forage cap to a Tahitian banana leaf pith helmet, but they are rarely aired these days.’
    • ‘Rather than starting to incorporate Western melodies, to which the instrument provided a possibility, the accordion was probably used to enhance an indigenous feature, the rhythmic structure of Tahitian music.’
    • ‘Anandia offers a beautiful variety of South Seas, Tahitian, Akoya, and freshwater pearls that range in size, color, and luster.’
    • ‘Rubbed inside and out with Hawaiian sea salt, stuffed with hot stones, and wrapped in banana leaves, the pig will have roasted for eight hours in an earth-oven pit filled with white-hot Tahitian rocks.’
    • ‘‘Too beautiful, ferociously beautiful,’ lamented painter Henri Matisse 70 years ago at this spot as he struggled in vain to capture the Tahitian light.’

Pronunciation:

Tahitian

/təˈhiːʃ(ə)n/