Definition of Penang in English:

Penang

Line breaks: Pen¦ang
Pronunciation: /pɪˈnaŋ
 
/
(also Pinang)
  • 1An island of Malaysia, situated off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. In 1786 it was ceded to the East India Company as a British colony by the sultan of Kedah. Known as Prince of Wales Island until 1867, it united with Malacca and Singapore in a union of 1826, which in 1867 became the British colony called the Straits Settlements. It joined the federation of Malaya in 1948.
  • 1.1A state of Malaysia, consisting of the island of Penang and a coastal strip on the mainland; capital, George Town (on Penang island). The mainland strip was united with the island in 1798 as part of the British colony.
  • 1.2 another name for George Town ( sense 2).

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