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Malaysian

[muh-ley-zhuh n, -shuh n] /məˈleɪ ʒən, -ʃən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Malaysia.
2.
Malay (def 3).
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Malaysia or its inhabitants.
Origin of Malaysian
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; Malaysi(a) + -an
Related forms
pre-Malaysian, adjective
pro-Malaysian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Malaysian
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  • Their trade and products are similar to the rest of the Malaysian possessions.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • The Tziam or Chiam, on the other hand, are closely allied to the Malaysian linguistic family.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • The Chinese traded with India and the Malaysian islands during the fifth and sixth centuries, and used decked boats for the trade.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • This tree is found on all the large islands of the Polynesian groups, and in the Malaysian Archipelago.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands Gerrit Parmile Wilder
  • The beche-de-mere, or "sea cucumber," is a product of Australasian and Malaysian waters.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for Malaysian

Malaysian

/məˈleɪzɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Malaysia or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Malaysia
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