Definition of Batak in English:

Batak

noun

  • 1A member of a people of northern Sumatra.

    • ‘The Supreme Court's decision became jurisprudence and was used in similar cases, not only among the Bataks but also other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘Thus today the Batak of Sumatra, the Dayak of Kalimantan, the Toraja and Menadonese of Sulawesi, and the Ambonese of Maluku are Protestant; the peoples of Flores and the Tetun of West Timor are Catholic.’
    • ‘This practice stopped with Christianization, but in recent decades, prosperous urban Batak have built large stone sarcophagi in their home villages to honor the dead and re-establish a connection otherwise severed by migration.’
    • ‘The 216 million people comprise 365 ethnic and tribal groups, the principle ones being the Acehnese, Bataks, Minangkabaus (on Sumatra); Javanese, Sundanese (Java); Balinese (Bali); Sasaks (Lombok); and Dani.’
    • ‘Simanjuntak said that his fellow Batak consider his works, which he sets at an average of Rp 5 million, too expensive.’
  • 2The Indonesian language of the Batak.

    • ‘If I could speak Batak I would certainly be singing along to all the songs.’
    • ‘My wife, who learned to speak Batak in the village, acquired the manner of shouting and the gestures characteristic of village women.’
    • ‘In their daily lives, and even at home, they don’t speak Batak languages anymore,” Togar said.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Batak or their language.

    • ‘The music blends pop and the traditional music of his Batak heritage in North Sumatra.’
    • ‘One factor that distinguishes this case from the others is the Batak cultural tradition, which binds the people.’
    • ‘People who know his background will jokingly ask whether he is Chinese or Batak.’
    • ‘If, for instance, you are to attend a traditional Batak wedding ceremony, in Medan, North Sumatra, you will likely be served dog meat at some point in the proceedings.’
    • ‘‘We should first love our culture and show our hospitality to others, as hospitality and politeness are two of the main values in Batak culture,’ he said.’

Origin

The name in Batak.

Pronunciation

Batak

/bəˈtäk/