Share this entry

Malawi Syllabification: Ma·la·wi
Pronunciation: /məˈläwē/

Definition of Malawi in English:

A landlocked country in southern central Africa, in the Great Rift Valley, on the western shore of Lake Nyasa; population 15,028,800 (est. 2009); capital, Lilongwe; official languages, English and Nyanja.

Malawi was a British protectorate called Nyasaland from 1891 and was a part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1891 until 1963. It became an independent Commonwealth state under Hastings Banda in 1964 and a republic in 1966



Pronunciation: /məˈläwēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Thousands of Malawians have been lining up here for hours, under a scorching sun, waiting for hand outs.
  • Here it's easy to forget that 65% of Malawians live on less than one US dollar a day.
  • I have published several poems, short stories and literary features in Malawian national newspapers.

Words that rhyme with Malawi

Myfanwy • Zimbabwe

Definition of Malawi in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources