Definition of Malayan in English:


Line breaks: Ma|lay¦an
Pronunciation: /məˈleɪən


  • another term for Malay.
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    • The different races in Malaya think of themselves primarily as Malays, Chinese or Indians and only secondarily, if at all, as Malayans.
    • The secret lies in the pure harmony among Malayans, despite the various ethnic groups, cultures and religions.
    • For the ordinary Malayans on Aug 31, it was a holiday.


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  • Relating to Malays, the Malay language, or Malaya (now part of Malaysia).
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    • The most successful example of the ‘oil-spot’ strategy, in his view, was the British campaign against Malayan insurgents in the 1950s.
    • Yamashita's Malayan campaign, culminating in the fall of Singapore in February 1942, made him a national hero.
    • It had been thought that the Malayan tapir is usually solitary, except for a female with young.

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