noun (plural same)
1A native or inhabitant of Malta or a person of Maltese descent.
- According to tradition the national colors were given to the Maltese by Count Roger in 1090.
- The years between the two world wars were marked by spasmodic European immigration, especially of Italians, Greeks, Croatians, Maltese, and Jews.
- Saint Paul is a powerful national symbol, as he is credited with converting the Maltese to Christianity.
2The national language of Malta, a Semitic language derived from Arabic but much influenced by Italian, Spanish, and Norman French.
- In the case of Britain, they also attempt to obtain information on more recently arrived languages such as Gujarati, Punjabi, Maltese, and Turkish.
- More people know Irish than Maltese, Latvian or Estonian, the protestors claimed.
- How many people, for example, can translate from Latvian into Maltese?
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(also Maltese terrier)
A dog of a very small long-haired breed, typically with white hair.
- The origin of the Maltese as a distinct breed has never been precisely determined.
- For instance, many people are familiar with the Maltese, a tiny fluffy white dog.
- The American Kennel Club accepted the Maltese for registration the following year.