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Malay

[mey-ley, muh-ley]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a racially intermixed people who are the dominant population of the Malay Peninsula and adjacent islands.
  2. of or relating to the language or culture of these people.
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noun
  1. a member of the Malay people.
  2. an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, differing from Indonesian only in orthography.
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Related formsnon-Ma·lay, adjective, nounpre-Ma·lay, adjective
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  • "I tell you, Bududreen, that it will be quite safe," the tall Malay was saying.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Without demur, then, she turned and accompanied the rascally Malay toward the harbor.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Directly behind the Malay lay the heavy chest of Professor Maxon.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • What a neat hand he was, too, with that spiral-bladed Malay creese of his!

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise

  • He looked like a cross between a Spaniard and a Malay, and I guess that's what he was.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for malay

Malay

noun
  1. a member of a people living chiefly in Malaysia and Indonesia who are descendants of Mongoloid immigrants
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Malays or their language
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Word Origin and History for malay

Malay

n.

1590s, from native name Malayu. As an adjective from 1779; earlier adjective form was Malayan (1660s).

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