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Malay

[mey-ley, muh-ley] /ˈmeɪ leɪ, məˈleɪ/
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.
noun
3.
a member of the Malay people.
4.
an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, differing from Indonesian only in orthography.
Related forms
non-Malay, adjective, noun
pre-Malay, 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
  • He ran her alone, with only the Malay serang for a deck officer.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Do you know, sir, that a dam' Malay like a monkey is in charge of your ship—and no one else.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for Malay

Malay

/məˈleɪ/
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
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Malays or their language
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Word Origin and History for Malay
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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