- 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.
- a member of the Malay people.
- an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, differing from Indonesian only in orthography.
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Examples from the Web for malay
Kuching means ‘Cat City’ in Malay; nobody will look sideways at those who hug street strays or shriek ‘pusspusspuss!’The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics
December 20, 2013
As we'd once left Singapore, now Laila and I had recently been considering moving from the Malay Peninsula altogether.
We might have created a force large enough to clear the Malay Peninsula, then Southeast Asia, and from there, who knows?
"I tell you, Bududreen, that it will be quite safe," the tall Malay was saying.
Without demur, then, she turned and accompanied the rascally Malay toward the harbor.
Directly behind the Malay lay the heavy chest of Professor Maxon.
What a neat hand he was, too, with that spiral-bladed Malay creese of his!Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
He looked like a cross between a Spaniard and a Malay, and I guess that's what he was.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
- of or relating to the Malays or their language
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Word Origin and History for malay
1590s, from native name Malayu. As an adjective from 1779; earlier adjective form was Malayan (1660s).
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