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[suh-rah-wahk, -wah] /səˈrɑ wɑk, -wɑ/
a state in the federation of Malaysia, on NW Borneo: formerly a British crown colony (1946–63) and British protectorate (1888–1946). About 50,000 sq. mi. (129,500 sq. km).
Capital: Kuching. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Government of Sarawak now employs twenty-two European officers.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • Sarawak is said to supply more than half of the sago produce of the world.

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
  • Day after day did the tribe push on in the direction of Sarawak.

    With the Dyaks of Borneo F. S. Brereton
  • The capital of Sarawak is Kuching, which in Malay signifies a "cat."

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
  • The independent British settlement of Sarawak, in the island of Borneo, was exposed to imminent peril of utter destruction.

  • Sarawak in Borneo, and Labuan off the coasts, are such gates.

  • Certain Kalamantans of Sarawak will not eat a species of deer, because 'an ancestor became a deer of this kind.'

  • So he began to think of establishing a Christian Mission in Sarawak.

    Children of Borneo Edwin Herbert Gomes
  • But the loveliest countries have their little drawbacks, Sarawak not excepted.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • When I last heard of her, she was teaching in the day-schools at Sarawak.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
British Dictionary definitions for Sarawak


a state of Malaysia, on the NW coast of Borneo on the South China Sea: granted to Sir James Brooke by the Sultan of Brunei in 1841 as a reward for helping quell a revolt; mainly agricultural. Capital: Kuching. Pop: 2 071 506 (2000). Area: about 124 449 sq km (48 050 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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