Definition of Sumatran in US English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

    ‘the aircraft's route took it over the sea and Sumatran jungle’
    • ‘Scientists have decoded the DNA of a Sumatran orangutan.’
    • ‘The last quake this serious happened in 1883, when the Sumatran island of Krakatoa "exploded".’
    • ‘If it rains particularly hard in the Sumatran rain forest, the already arid region of East Africa is onset with drought.’
    • ‘This journey was to prove another rewarding Sumatran experience.’
    • ‘The menu includes lotus bread, Sumatran white nut curry, and wild mushroom nasi goreng.’


  • A native or inhabitant of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

    ‘Sumatrans have been heavily reliant on ground and sea transportation’
    • ‘Abundant arable land as well as a strong entrepreneurial tradition drew Sumatrans enthusiastically into the rubber boom in the 1920s.’
    • ‘The descendants of these early settlers inter-married with Indonesians and Sumatrans.’
    • ‘Its leader was Sunan Gunung Jati, by origin a Sumatran from Pasai.’
    • ‘He had orders to meet with the Sumatrans and seek a peaceful resolution to the situation.’