Malay definition

mə-lā, mālā
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Malays or their language.
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Of or relating to Malaysia, the Malay Peninsula, or the Malay Archipelago.
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A member of a large group of indigenous peoples of the Malay Peninsula, the Malay Archipelago, and nearby islands.
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The Western Austronesian family of languages of these peoples, including the official languages of Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Of the Malays or their language or culture.
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(law) Abbreviation of Malaysia.
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A member of a people inhabiting the Malay Peninsula and parts of the western Malay Archipelago.
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The Austronesian language of the Malays.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
malay
Plural:
malays

Origin of malay

  • Obsolete Dutch Malayo from Malay Melayu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition