Definition of Malayo-Polynesian in US English:



  • another term for Austronesian
    • ‘No one knows the origins of the indigenous people, although it seems fairly certain that Malagasy culture has Malayo-Polynesian roots.’
    • ‘In fact, the Malayo-Polynesian tongues do not seem to be related to any other linguistic family.’
    • ‘The Malagasy language belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages.’
    • ‘Until the sixteenth century, Taiwan was primarily inhabited by its native Malayo-Polynesian population.’
    • ‘Seven Austronesian languages are spoken, all of which belong to the Malayic Malayo-Polynesian group.’



/məˌlāō ˌpäləˈnēZHən/