Malay

noun

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

Examples of Malay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was listed for $35 million and represented by Brandie Malay Siavelis of @properties Christie's International Real Estate. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2024 Picture a historical novel set on the Malay Peninsula during the 1940s. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 True to its name, H. maxi is also on the larger end of the new species of soft-furred hedgehogs at 5.5 inches and can be found in mountainous regions on the Malay Peninsula and in Sumatra. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 21 Dec. 2023 The Malay elites had received their authority to rule from the Brunei Sultanate, given their inroads in the region and control over the waterways. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 But on your advice? There are a few issues that the King may not seek the advice of the Prime Minister—on the issue of pardons, on the issue of investiture, and some issues pertaining to Islam and Malay customs. Time, 11 Oct. 2023 Harley Arsenault Written by Drake, 40, Harley Arsenault, Malay & Frank Ocean 2. Jem Aswad, Variety, 6 Oct. 2023 The paper is one of three main vernacular newspapers in Singapore, each serving a predominant ethnic group — Chinese, Malay or Indian. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, 24 July 2023 At the time, the indigenous hill tribes, the Bidayuh, suffered at the hands of the local Malay elites, who ruled the countryside. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

obsolete Dutch Malayo (now Maleier), from Malay Mĕlayu

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Malay was in 1598

Dictionary Entries Near Malay

Cite this Entry

“Malay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Malay. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Malay

noun
plural Malays
1
: a member of a people of the Malay Peninsula and neighboring islands
2
: the language of the Malay people
Malay adjective
Malayan
mə-ˈlā-ən How to pronounce Malay (audio)
ˈmā-ˌlā-
adjective or noun

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