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

  1. 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. (1,658 sq. km).

  2. a seaport in and the capital of this state.

  1. Strait of, a strait between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. 35–185 miles (56–298 km) wide.

  • Also Melaka (for defs. 1, 2).

Other words from Malacca

  • Ma·lac·can, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Malacca Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Malacca in a sentence

  • This led to trade posts along the Straits of Malacca for easy access to China, notably in Penang and Singapore.

    The Violent Rise of Curry | Shaan Merchant | March 26, 2021 | Ozy
  • "Wait," said Chief Inspector Kerry, and went swinging in, carrying his overall and having the Malacca cane tucked under his arm.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • Malacca is, near the coast, merely hilly; but further in the interior the hills swell into a fine mountain range.

  • He had light grey suède gloves, and carried a gold-mounted Malacca cane with a curved handle.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • The Semangs of Malacca are jet-black in color, with thick lips, flat nose, and protruding abdomen.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • The Indian fleet had just entered the Straits of Malacca, and were sailing in open order, with a fresh breeze and smooth water.

    Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for malacca (1 of 2)


malacca cane

/ (məˈlækə) /

  1. the stem of the rattan palm

  2. a walking stick made from this stem

British Dictionary definitions for Malacca (2 of 2)



/ (məˈlækə) /

  1. 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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