Malaysia[mə lā′z̸hə, -s̸hə]
Malaysia definition by Webster's New World
- Malay Archipelago
- country in SE Asia: a union (1963) of the former Federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, & Singapore (which seceded in 1965 to become an independent nation); member of the Commonwealth: 127,317 sq mi (329,750 sq km); pop. 17,567,000; cap. Kuala Lumpur
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- Malaysian adjective, noun
Malaysia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A country of southeast Asia consisting of the southern Malay Peninsula and the northern part of the island of Borneo. Malays probably moved into the penisula c. 2000 B.C., eventually reaching northern Borneo and displacing the indigenous Dayaks. Europeans arrived in the 16th century. By the 20th century Great Britain had established protectorates throughout the lower peninsula, which later formed the Union (1946) and then the Federation (1948) of Malaya. Gaining independence in 1957, it joined with Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak to become the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. Singapore gained independence separately in 1965. Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city. Population: 24,800,000.
- Ma·layˈsian adjective & n.