Malay

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noun Ma·lay \mə-ˈlā, ˈmā-(ˌ)lā\

Definition of Malay

  1. 1 :  a member of a people of the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra, parts of Borneo, and some adjacent islands

  2. 2 :  the Austronesian language of the Malays

Malay

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Malayan

play \mə-ˈlā-ən, mā-; ˈmā-ˌlā-\ noun or adjective

Origin and Etymology of malay

obsolete Dutch Malayo (now Maleier), from Malay Mĕlayu


First Known Use: 1598



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