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Syllabification: Ma·lay
Pronunciation: /məˈlā
, ˈmāˌlā

Definition of Malay in English:


1A member of a people inhabiting Malaysia and Indonesia.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2The Austronesian language of the Malays, closely related to Indonesian, that is the official language of Malaysia.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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