Definition of Balinese in US English:

Balinese

adjective

  • Relating to Bali or its people or language.

    • ‘In Bali she founded the Balinese gamelan orchestras Tirta and Irama.’
    • ‘You say that your Japanese period came long after you visited Japan but your Balinese period came long before you ever visited Bali.’
    • ‘These efforts have focussed on restoring spiritual balance through ritual purification ceremonies, which reinforce an inherently apolitical Balinese self-image.’
    • ‘The hotel itself, with 278 rooms, is a low-lying Balinese inspired building - no building can be higher than a coconut tree, remember?’
    • ‘I would suspect it was more Bali economy, for the Balinese lifestyle is village-based, deeply spiritual and anything but decadent.’
    • ‘When I was there I listened to the Balinese / Western fusion on the radio and it was stunning.’
    • ‘The area was thickly colonized by bamboo groves, known in Balinese language as tihing; hence the origin of its current name, Tihingan.’
    • ‘A Great House and two Balinese annexes - Hi and Lo - offer sumptuous sleeping options for private pirates and their tag-along crew.’
    • ‘Violence in Balinese society is usually tucked away as an unexamined aspect of discourses of ‘tradition’ and ‘culture.’’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, every official and member of society must realize that Bali belongs to every Balinese person.’
    • ‘The Balinese checkered cloth symbolizes the balance of good and evil.’
    • ‘The Balinese language has a system of politeness levels.’
    • ‘In popular ideas of Balinese identity, the highland people feature as the conceptual counterpart to the royal houses established in the southern lowlands of the island.’
    • ‘But then, having stripped down musical composition, he infused it with African and Balinese harmonies, and made it more technologically complex.’
    • ‘The word betutu actually means ‘yellow spice’ in the Balinese language.’
    • ‘In 1980 he stayed in Ubud, Bali, with noted Balinese painter, Nyoman Lempad.’
    • ‘The skirt cloths and the Balinese textiles have a strong integrative bias, featuring tie and dye skills, the use of natural dyes along with the indigenous batik tradition.’
    • ‘With hands and eyes free, you can soak up the delights of the Balinese countryside: the green baize of the paddy fields, the split gate temples, the daily processions.’
    • ‘Symmetrical harmony of structure and individual expression replace the free-flow carving and communal symbolism of traditional Balinese sculpture.’
    • ‘Moreover, for over a decade, cartoons have played a pivotal role in shaping the Balinese people's opinion and position on various developments on their island.’

noun

  • 1A native of Bali.

    • ‘It is not only the culture of MTV that defines the lives and aspirations of young, urban Balinese.’
    • ‘To the Balinese, being singled out as particularly talented in the arts would be a source of embarrassment rather than pride.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the Balinese may be less likely to press the button, due to demand characteristics.’
    • ‘A few locals gather at night, offering a rare chance to chat with the Balinese on much more equal terms than in the tourist traps - learning a spot of Indonesian is part of the service.’
    • ‘Some 70 percent of the Balinese earn a living from agriculture.’
    • ‘The Balinese have far tougher feet than we western divers.’
    • ‘The Balinese thrive on custom and ritual, and they've crafted elaborate costumes and buildings to support those rituals.’
    • ‘It was an impressive venue to the Balinese, as it housed Westerners almost exclusively, and few of them had been as high as the fifth floor, where the experiment was held.’
    • ‘And no other face fascinates him more at the moment than that of a Balinese.’
    • ‘The best way to protect yourself, in the mind of a Balinese with OCD, is to find out everything you can about him.’
    • ‘So let me relay Conrad's idea for how to help the Balinese (via the daily dose).’
    • ‘Certainly there is no historic precedent for this kind of thinking in Bali, where Muslims and Balinese have always lived side-by-side in relative peace.’
    • ‘The Balinese follow a distinct brand of Hinduism combined with elements of Buddhism and other ancient beliefs; and that religion plays a large role in everyday life.’
    • ‘When visiting the foundation's office in Sanur last week, Fawcet was seen busy making phone calls to seek assistance from his global contacts for the poor Balinese.’
    • ‘Traditionally the Balinese have accepted Javanese rule, and in return the Javanese would largely leave Bali alone.’
    • ‘Hinduism influenced cultures throughout Southeast Asia, but only one people are Hindu, the Balinese.’
    • ‘Ascher explains how visualizing their calendar as a tika enables the Balinese to solve, in their heads, complicated questions about the occurrence of specific calendar days.’
    • ‘For centuries, the Balinese have considered the sea sanctified.’
    • ‘In general, the Balinese believe that psychic abilities are derived from divine sources, but they also believe that psychic functioning can be developed from meditative practices.’
    • ‘It has become almost a cliché for Australians to remark on the peacefulness of the Balinese.’
    • ‘The resort is located on the slopes of Gunung Agung, the sacred mountain for the Balinese in East Bali.’
    • ‘Gamelan music is almost inseparable from the life of the Balinese.’
    • ‘There are even Balinese who walk the streets with baskets of bungkus on their heads selling the delicious delights.’
    • ‘Bateson and Mead were captivated with the barong and, in collaboration with the Balinese, commissioned new forms of the barong dance.’
    • ‘The throngs of visitors both native Balinese and foreign guests have come to witness a ritual that has not been performed in Bali in living memory.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he said that tourism is not an ultimate goal but a means to achieve the goal that is primarily the welfare of Balinese and Indonesians, in general.’
    • ‘The Balinese also have Anantaboga, their own version of the primeval Indian serpent Ananta.’
    • ‘Can you tell me you love the Balinese as brothers?’
    • ‘They were also deeply impressed by the warmth and the hospitality of the Balinese, and the amazing breadth of artistic expression that pervaded daily life.’
    • ‘The bombs failed to destroy the love and unity the Balinese share with people from all nations.’
    • ‘It must be kept in mind that Bali-cum-paradise was not developed exclusively by, or even for, the Balinese.’
    • ‘For visitors from the south, battered by the stresses of city living, this seems to add up to an idea of holiday paradise, even if it is just a way of life for the Balinese.’
    • ‘The Balinese rarely drink large amounts of alcohol and so foreigners were easily the prime consumers.’
    • ‘The temple is a place of worship for both the Chinese and the Balinese.’
    • ‘At the end, the Florinese gave a hand-woven cloth to the Balinese, while the Balinese gave a wonderful mask to the Papuans.’
  • 2The Indonesian language of Bali.

    • ‘I wasn't quite sure at first how we'd manage, but all resort staff minimally spoke Balinese and English, and I even overheard some staff speaking Japanese.’
    • ‘The interview has been translated from Balinese.’
    • ‘I can speak basic conversational Indonesian and I'm starting to learn Balinese.’
    • ‘I told one guy I’d like to learn Balinese and he told me it would be necessary to live in the village but not to worry because it is easy.’

Pronunciation

Balinese

/ˌbɑləˈniz//ˌbäləˈnēz/