[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. (1658 sq. km).
  2. a seaport in and the capital of this state.
  3. 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. 2018

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

  1. the stem of the rattan palm
  2. a walking stick made from this stem



  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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