- an island on the Strait of Singapore, off the S tip of the Malay Peninsula.
- an independent republic comprising this island and a few adjacent islets: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British crown colony (1946–59) and member of the federation of Malaysia (1963–65). 220 sq. mi. (570 sq. km). Capital: Singapore.
- a seaport in and the capital of this republic.
Examples from the Web for singaporean
On board were 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, a Malaysian, and one Briton, the airline said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
No sense of whether “Asian values” (a dubious Singaporean construct) will survive the all-dissolving powers of capitalism.Gatsby in Asia
June 29, 2013
“Totem” is by a very young Singaporean artist named Chun Kai Feng, now having his first solo show at Fost Gallery in Singapore.A Totem to Public Housing
January 23, 2013
Two years later, the Singaporean faked his death by having his brother and wife tell others he was killed by Tamil rebels.
Charles Goodyear was CEO-designate of Singaporean investment company Temasek Holdings.Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions
July 24, 2012
- of or relating to Singapore or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Singapore
- a republic in SE Asia, occupying one main island and over 50 small islands at the S end of the Malay Peninsula: established as a British trading post in 1819 and became part of the Straits Settlements in 1826; occupied by the Japanese (1942–45); a British colony from 1946, becoming self-governing in 1959; part of the Federation of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, when it became an independent republic (within the Commonwealth). Official languages: Chinese, Malay, English, and Tamil. Religion: Buddhist, Taoist, traditional beliefs, and Muslim. Currency: Singapore dollar. Capital: Singapore. Pop: 5 460 302 (2013 est). Area: now over 700 sq km (270 sq miles), increased in recent years as a result of land reclamation schemes
- the capital of the republic of Singapore: a major international port; administratively not treated as a city
Word Origin and History for singaporean
from Sanskrit Simhapuram "Lion City," from simhah "lion" + puram "city," from PIE *pele- "citadel, fortified high place" (see polis (n.)). The name is perhaps metaphoric of something, as no lions are found there. Singapore sling attested from 1930; said on the island to have been invented there 1915 by a barman named Ngian Tong Dron.