Definition of Australian in US English:

Australian

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of Australia, or a person of Australian descent.

    • ‘Not much is left here from the great reputation Australians got after the Olympics.’
    • ‘The Australians looked disorientated at the aggression directed towards them.’
    • ‘Before the Australians take all the credit, I should say that the French got there first.’
    • ‘Throw in the passionate love of sport of so many Australians, and the stage is set for a memorable Games.’
    • ‘Nature periodically reminds Australians just how fragile their hold on the land is.’
    • ‘Are Scots more likely than Australians to observe their national day with reverence?’
    • ‘Finance is the only stumbling block as the Australians are extremely keen on the idea.’
    • ‘In the meantime we Australians will have to take this defeat on the chin.’
    • ‘I often get nice emails from Australians who have an excellent sense of humour.’
    • ‘We are working hard to ensure older Australians are able to live in dignity and comfort.’
    • ‘People are mobile and young Australians must be given the tools to compete globally.’
    • ‘The Australians cleaned up Baidoa in a matter of weeks for the benefit of the people of that city.’
    • ‘If Australians choose to rally around a symbol it should be one that unites not divides.’
    • ‘When Australians hear that I am a Queenslander born and bred they tend to nod wisely!’
    • ‘Most Australians still feel proud of what their nation did to help its tiny neighbour.’
    • ‘Young Australians are now exposed to a much broader slice of the world than old generations were.’
    • ‘Obesity will take lives and destroy the quality of life for the next generation of Australians if we do not act now.’
    • ‘Along with most Australians, I do not want a world in which one country has all the power.’
    • ‘It seems Australians are divided by far more than the old barriers of class and wealth.’
    • ‘There is a higher percentage of Australians overseas than there are Americans with passports.’

adjective

  • 1Relating to Australia.

    • ‘The Australian protests were part of a coordinated international student strike with US students.’
    • ‘It was announced earlier this week that due to illness his Australian tour has been cancelled.’
    • ‘But it remains true that the Australian books which tend to sell the most copies are fiction.’
    • ‘In response, Australian employers say they have made good progress on combating the problem.’
    • ‘This is the most passionately crafted and refreshing Australian films I've seen in a while.’
    • ‘Yeah, I think it's getting better and better each time we perform in front of an Australian crowd.’
    • ‘The group is in town as part of its Australian tour.’
    • ‘The bank's Australian owner had announced plans to close 100 branches in the UK.’
    • ‘He was a member of the Australian delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.’
    • ‘We are appreciative of the Australian government's reaction to the situation.’
    • ‘It is this participatory encouragement by parents that gets the Australian child hooked on sport.’
    • ‘The Art in the Heart project highlights the Australian approach to the Arts.’
    • ‘We must remind the Australian people not only of the alternatives, but of the consequences of change.’
    • ‘There are many poems rooted solidly in Australian landscapes, both literal and emotional.’
    • ‘For the Prime Minister, this is about the symbolism of the Australian farmer.’
    • ‘He has a review of a book of stories about Australian history.’
    • ‘Management of the Australian economy is something not to be taken lightly.’
    • ‘A number of top wine importers and distributors will have on display the very best of Australian wines.’
    • ‘The democracies established in the Australian states are now almost 150 years old.’
    • ‘Thanks Mark for giving us an insight into your opinion of the Australian voter.’
    • ‘In December, 1841, they both crossed to Victoria on the Australian mainland to join the gold rush.’
    1. 1.1Zoology Relating to or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising Australasia together with Indonesia east of Wallace's line, in which monotremes and marsupials dominate the fauna.
      Compare with Notogaea, oriental
      • ‘There is a strong possibility that cloning could be used to help preserve Australian mammals.’
      • ‘Baudin sent him back to France, loaded with a great wealth of specimens of Australian fauna and flora.’
      • ‘He denied this and said it was simply because he has a soft spot for this particular Australian marsupial.’
      • ‘I hoped to meet with a team of young scientists based here who are working to protect Australian fauna.’
      • ‘He also came face to face with a bearded dragon - an Australian lizard, stick insects and a tarantula.’
    2. 1.2Botany Relating to or denoting a phytogeographical kingdom comprising only Australia and Tasmania.
      • ‘More complex blocking molecules are produced by the Australian marine alga, Delisea pulchra.’
      • ‘Seeds of many Australian species require several months' storage before germination is possible.’
      • ‘The tree, an Australian wild fig, had a circumference of more than five metres.’
      • ‘It's an Australian plant naturalised in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold.’
      • ‘The two self-fertile white clover cultivars were bred from Australian plants.’
      • ‘A well-adapted Australian hybrid, was chosen for its high tillering ability.’
      • ‘The y-axis is the maximum latitude south of native Australian species.’

Origin

From French australien, from Latin australis in the phrase Terra Australis ‘the southern land’, the name of the supposed southern continent.

Pronunciation

Australian

/ôˈstrālēən//ɔˈstreɪliən/