state of Malaysia, occupying NE Borneo & several offshore islands, including Labuan: formerly, until 1963, a British colony (called North Borneo): 28,460 sq mi (73,711 sq km); cap. Kota Kinabalu
A region of Malaysia in northeast Borneo. Sabah was a British protectorate, originally controlled by the British North Borneo Company, from the late 1800s until it became part of Malaysia in 1963.
From Malay Sabah.