[muh-lak-uh, -lah-kuh]


a state in Malaysia, on the SW Malay Peninsula: formerly a part of the British Straits Settlements and of the Federation of Malaya. 640 sq. mi. (1658 sq. km).
a seaport in and the capital of this state.
Strait of, a strait between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. 35–185 miles (56–298 km) wide.

Also Melaka (for defs 1, 2).
Related formsMa·lac·can, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for malacca

Historical Examples of malacca

  • When he dropped into Fetzer's pool shack carrying a malacca cane, for example.


    Edna Ferber

  • The Thisbe had once more got free of the Straits of Malacca.

    Won from the Waves

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He was to cross the Bay of Bengal and explore the coast of Malacca.

    A Book of Discovery

    Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge

  • The fall of Malacca was one of vast importance to the Portuguese.

    A Book of Discovery

    Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge

  • Passing through the Straits of Malacca, we returned to Macao.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for malacca


malacca cane


the stem of the rattan palm
a walking stick made from this stem




a state of SW Peninsular Malaysia: rubber plantations. Capital: Malacca. Pop: 635 791 (2000). Area: 1683 sq km (650 sq miles)
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