Definition of Negrito in US English:



  • A member of a black people of short stature native to the Austronesian region.

    • ‘Intermarriage with Austronesians, and the adoption of their technologies might have led the so-called Negritos to adopt Austronesian languages, but a substrate of vocabulary from the earlier languages remains in some of them.’
    • ‘The tribal Negritos do not eat visitors anymore (if indeed they ever did).’
    • ‘The country's indigenous population includes the orang asli, which is commonly divided into the Negritos (a nomadic hunting people), the Senoi (an agrarian people), and the Jakun (an agrarian people).’
    • ‘Controversial Australian historian Keith Windschuttle recently published a definitive study on Australia's short-stature tribes, referred to variously as Pygmies, Negritos, Tasmanoids, and Barrineans.’
    • ‘The first people in the Philippines, the Negritos, are believed to have come to the islands 30,000 years ago from Borneo and Sumatra, making their way across then-existing land bridges.’
    • ‘However, various biogenetic studies of the Negritos have indicated their affinities with other Asian populations.’
    • ‘The population of India comprises of six main ethnic groups namely, the Negrito, Proto-austroloids, Mongoloids, Mediterranean or Dravidian, Western brachycephals and the Nordic Aryans.’
    • ‘According to Teuku Jacob, if the height of the Negritos is roughly between 155 and 163 cm, they would be called pygmoid.’
    • ‘The Sentineli are Negritos - or, in somewhat un-PC terms, Pygmies.’
    • ‘This calls into question not only whether the Negritos are in any way related to the African Pygmies, but whether they are really even related to each other.’


Spanish, diminutive of negro ‘black’ (see Negro); compare with Negrillo.