Definition of Australian in English:

Australian

noun

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

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

adjective

  • 1Relating to Australia.

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

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/