Ma·​lay | \ mə-ˈlā How to pronounce Malay (audio) , ˈmā-(ˌ)lā How to pronounce Malay (audio) \

Definition of Malay

1 : a member of a people of the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra, parts of Borneo, and some adjacent islands
2 : the Austronesian language of the Malays

Other Words from Malay

Malay adjective
Malayan \ mə-​ˈlā-​ən How to pronounce Malayan (audio) , mā-​ ; ˈmā-​ˌlā-​ \ noun or adjective

First Known Use of Malay

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Malay

obsolete Dutch Malayo (now Maleier), from Malay Mĕlayu

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The first known use of Malay was in 1598

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“Malay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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