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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
On the very day the schooner departed he was ordered to buy a chicken from Samisee, the native Tongan missionary.
A little melodramatic perhaps but it certainly did the trick, with the Tongans' passion helping them to hang on to their lead in the closing moments even when they were two men short.
ENGLAND overcame the passionate Tongans to stay on course for a place in the inaugural Federation Shield.
Census, are 1.5 million Filipinos, 325,000 Vietnamese, 300,000 Chinese, 285,000 Indians, 74,000 Koreans, 48,000 Guamanians, 31,000 Japanese, 20,000 Samoans and 4,000 Tongans.
(in this case the bommies are shallow; at other places the water is so clear that even with two metres clearance below the keel, the optical illusion has more than a few skippers nervous.) Here we encounter the aptly-named Blue Lagoon, the first of a number of truly eccentric little resort-cum-restaurants that dot the backwaters of Vava'u: structures made seemingly of driftwood and optimism, where a crew of Tongans and Gilliganesque palangis (foreigners) somehow puts together delicious meals, riotous party nights and, presumably, comfortable beds thereafter.
"They gave everything on Wednesday night and, knowing the Tongans like we do, I am sure they will give it their all," said Hansen, who has made eight changes to the side that beat Canada 41-10 in Melbourne last Sunday.
The two Tongans playing for Treorchy - Movete Oto'Ota at fullback and Icka Naitoko at flanker - were hugely influential as was Merthyr's Tongan flanker Chris Halu Ufia.
Fiji raced away to a 25-3 lead after two tries by Norman Ligairi and Vilimoni Delasau before the Tongans stormed back into the match.
His sickening punch from behind on England flanker Richard Hill reduced the Tongans to 14 men and England ran riot to book their place in Wednesday's quarter-final play-offs with a 101-10 success.
"For too long Tongans have had a reputation for being obese.
Unlike Tahiti and other South Pacific island nations whose main source of revenue is an influx of tourists, Tonga's main source of revenue is remittances from Tongans living abroad in such English-speaking countries as the United States and New Zealand.