Definition of Peranakan in US English:

Peranakan

noun

  • In the Indonesian and Malaysian region: a member of a people locally born but of Chinese or mixed Chinese and Malay descent; especially in Java, a member of a Chinese family long settled and acculturized in the area.

adjective

  • Of or relating to the Peranakans.

Origin

1940s. From Malay peranakan descendant, someone born locally.

Pronunciation

Peranakan

/pɛˈranəkən/