[ mal-uh-gas-ee ]
/ ˌmæl əˈgæs i /

noun, plural Mal·a·gas·y, Mal·a·gas·ies for 1.

a member of any of various peoples native to the island of Madagascar.
the Austronesian language of Madagascar. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malagasy


/ (ˌmæləˈɡæzɪ) /


plural -gasy or -gasies a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
the official language of Madagascar belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family


of or relating to Madagascar, its people, or their language
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Word Origin and History for malagasy


"pertaining to Madagascar," large island off the coast of Africa, 1835, apparently a native alteration of Madagascar.

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