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Malagasy Syllabification: Mal·a·gas·y
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈɡasē/

Definition of Malagasy in English:

noun (plural same or Malagasies)

1A native or inhabitant of Madagascar.
Example sentences
  • The rebels themselves were responsible for the deaths of 550 Europeans and of approximately 1,900 Malagasies.
  • Between them, they provided the Malagasy with the Bible in their own language.
  • The Malagasy, as the inhabitants of the island are known, are mainly descended from the Malay / Indonesian and Polynesian seafarers who were the first arrivals somewhere around 500 ad.
2The Austronesian language of Madagascar.
Example sentences
  • In the classroom, Malagasy replaced French as the language of instruction and lessons focused on Malagasy, rather than French, culture and history.
  • Other languages of this type may include Albanian, Malagasy, and Toba Batak.
  • Campbell is not only fluent in Malagasy, but also in the less familiar European languages (Welsh, Norwegian) in which some of these records are written.


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Of or relating to Madagascar or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • The flowers are usually identified as poinsettia, which in the Malagasy language is Madagasikara, the local name for Madagascar.
  • The effect is that of a sophisticated and exotic storytelling folk music sung in the Malagasy language.
  • The lamba hearty, then, continues to be a means of signaling a distinct Malagasy identity, within Madagascar and abroad.


Variant of Madagascar; earlier forms included Malegass, Madegass, because of dialect division between the sounds -l- and -d-.

Words that rhyme with Malagasy

bassi, Brassey, brassie, chassis, gassy, Haile Selassie, lassie, Manasseh, massé, massy, sassy, Tallahassee

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