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Maltese 1

Pronunciation: /mɔːlˈtiːz/

noun (plural same)

1A native or inhabitant of Malta or a person of Maltese descent.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] The national language of Malta, a Semitic language related to Arabic but much influenced by Italian, Spanish, and Norman French.
Example sentences
  • 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?


Relating to Malta, its people, or their language.
Example sentences
  • This is still the largest Maltese community outside of Malta.
  • Like its people and history, the Maltese language is varied.
  • Malta is predominantly Roman Catholic so the Maltese people love to celebrate weddings.

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There are 2 main definitions of Maltese in English:

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Maltese 2

Pronunciation: /môlˈtēz/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also Maltese terrier)


A dog of a very small long-haired breed, typically with white hair.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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