- 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); cap. Valletta
- main island of this group: 95 sq mi (246 sq km)
- A European country in the Mediterranean Sea. Official name: Republic of Malta.
- The largest island of the Maltese Archipelago.
Disputed; from a Phoenician root [script?] (mlá¹), meaning "refuge" or from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÎ»Î¹, Î¼ÎµÎ»Î¯Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (meli, melitos, “honey").