Definition of Malay in English:


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Pronunciation: /məˈleɪ


1A member of a people inhabiting Malaysia and Indonesia.
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  • Chinese, Thais, Malays and Indonesians, for example, love the display of multiple forms, shapes, and colours.
  • Original settlers included Thais, Malays, Indians and Chinese - and their influences are very apparent in the food.
  • Many Malays and Indonesians have been economically successful and feel secure in their faith and position in the community.
1.1A person of Malay descent.
2 [mass noun] The Austronesian language of the Malays, closely related to Indonesian and spoken by about 20 million people.
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  • Thai is the official language of the country, with English the most widely spoken second language; Chinese and Malay are also spoken.
  • The population of Indonesia is 228,000,000 and their languages are Malay, English and Dutch.
  • They have strong ties to Malaysia, speak a dialect of Malay and identify themselves as Pattanis rather than Thais.


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Relating to the Malays or their language.
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  • The year 1931 was a benchmark in the church's history as the first mass in the Malay language was held.
  • He developed an exquisite style and precise vocabulary that are unique to his Malay writings and language.
  • During the general elections, at least half of Malay voters, the country's politically strongest ethnic group, supported the opposition.


from Malay Malayu (now Melayu).

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