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 (tŏng′gən, tŏng′ən)
Of or relating to Tonga or its people, language, or culture.
a. A native or inhabitant of Tonga.
b. A person of Tongan ancestry.
2. The Polynesian language of Tonga.


(Languages) of or relating to the kingdom of Tonga, its inhabitants, or their language
1. (Peoples) a member of the people that inhabits Tonga
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Polynesian family


(ˈtɒŋ gən)

1. a member of the Polynesian people of Tonga.
2. the Austronesian language of the Tongans.
3. pertaining to Tonga, its inhabitants, or the language Tongan.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tongan - a Polynesian native or inhabitant of TongaTongan - a Polynesian native or inhabitant of Tonga
Friendly Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tonga - a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
Polynesian - a native or inhabitant of Polynesia
2.Tongan - the Polynesian language spoken by the Tongan people
Malayo-Polynesian, Polynesian - the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific
Adj.1.Tongan - of or relating to the island monarchy of Tonga or its peopleTongan - of or relating to the island monarchy of Tonga or its people; "Tongan beaches"
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He is the author of Identity and development; Tongan culture, agriculture, and the perenniality of the gift, Leiden: KITLV Press, 2004 and Art and exoticism; An anthropology of the yearning for authenticity, Berlin: Lit, 2009.
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Tongan police have admitted that a lack of accurate records meant the number of missing could yet be higher.
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Said White: "Obviously I'm relieved but I thought the Tongan team were outstanding, especially when they came back at us."
In response, Australia and New Zealand sent 150 police officers and members of their armed forces to help the Tongan government restore law and order.
The event combined talks, worship, a pilgrimage, ethnic music and a Tongan reconciliation rite.