Malta definition by Webster's New World
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- country on a group of islands in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily: a former British colony, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1964): 122 sq mi (316 sq km); pop. 376,000; cap. Valletta
- main island of this group: 95 sq mi (246 sq km)
Malta definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An island country in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, comprising the island of Malta and two smaller islands. Occupied successively by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens, and Normans, Malta was granted to the Knights Hospitalers in 1530 and passed to France in 1798 and Great Britain in 1800. The country became independent in 1964 but has remained part of the British Commonwealth. Valletta, on Malta Island, is the capital. Population: 402,000.
Malta - Cultural Definition
Republic in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, made up of five small islands.
- Malta, strategically located, has belonged to a succession of civilizations, including the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. In 1800, the British established control of Malta, which, since its independence in 1964, has continued to maintain close ties with Britain.