Malay

[ mey-ley, muh-ley ]
/ ˈmeɪ leɪ, məˈleɪ /
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adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a racially intermixed people who are the dominant population of the Malay Peninsula and adjacent islands.
of or relating to the language or culture of these people.

noun

a member of the Malay people.
an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, differing from Indonesian only in orthography.

Related formsnon-Ma·lay, adjective, nounpre-Ma·lay, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for malay

Malay

/ (məˈleɪ) /

noun

a member of a people living chiefly in Malaysia and Indonesia who are descendants of Mongoloid immigrants
the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family

adjective

of or relating to the Malays or their language
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Word Origin and History for malay

Malay

n.

1590s, from native name Malayu. As an adjective from 1779; earlier adjective form was Malayan (1660s).

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