[ mal-uh-gas-ee ]

noun,plural Mal·a·gas·y, Mal·a·gas·ies for 1.
  1. a member of any of various peoples native to the island of Madagascar.

  2. the Austronesian language of Madagascar.

Words Nearby Malagasy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Malagasy in a sentence

  • These two mixed races comprise in themselves several varieties, but all bear the common denomination of Malagasy or Madecassy.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • The Malagasy call him the Man of the Woods, although he has a pointed muzzle and trumpet-shaped ears on the summit of the head.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • This has been resisted by the Malagasy Government as most undesirable in the present condition of the country.

  • It will perhaps be asked, Have we any diplomatic standing-ground for friendly intervention on behalf of the Malagasy?

British Dictionary definitions for Malagasy


/ (ˌmæləˈɡæzɪ) /

  1. plural -gasy or -gasies a native or inhabitant of Madagascar

  2. the official language of Madagascar belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family

  1. of or relating to Madagascar, its people, or their language

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