[broo-nahy, -ney]


a sultanate under British protection on the NW coast of Borneo: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1984. 2220 sq. mi. (5750 sq. km). Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan.

Official name Brunei Da·rus·sa·lam [dah-roo-sah-lahm] /ˌdɑ ru sɑˈlɑm/.
Related formsBru·nei·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The Sultan of Brunei had also set his mind on the same young lady.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • With this explanation Brooke had to be content, and await the return of the deed from Brunei.

    On the Equator

    Harry de Windt

  • The Kayans were not only independent but ruthless and conquering foes of Brunei.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • But in that bloody realm of Brunei to whom should a wise man complain?

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • In about ten minutes, thought Brunei, we should be feeling it.


    Norman Spinrad

British Dictionary definitions for brunei



a sultanate in NW Borneo, consisting of two separate areas on the South China Sea, otherwise bounded by Sarawak: controlled all of Borneo and parts of the Philippines and the Sulu Islands in the 16th century; under British protection since 1888; internally self-governing since 1971; became fully independent in 1984 as a member of the Commonwealth. The economy depends chiefly on oil and natural gas. Official language: Malay; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Muslim. Currency: Brunei dollar. Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan. Pop: 415 717 (2013 est). Area: 5765 sq km (2226 sq miles)
the former name of Bandar Seri Begawan
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