Malaya

[ muh-ley-uh ]
/ məˈleɪ ə /

noun

Fed·er·a·tion of Ma·lay·a. a former federation of 11 states in the southern part of the Malay Peninsula: a British protectorate 1948–57; now forms part of Malaysia. 50,690 sq. mi. (131,287 sq. km). Capital: Kuala Lumpur.Formerly Ma·lay States, Ma·lay·an Un·ion .See also Malaysia (def. 1).

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Malaya
/ (məˈleɪə) /

noun

States of the Federation of Malaya part of Malaysia, in the S Malay Peninsula, constituting Peninsular Malaysia: consists of the former Federated Malay States, the former Unfederated Malay States, and the former Straits Settlements. Capital: Kuala Lumpur. Pop: 17 144 322 (2000). Area: 131 587 sq km (50 806 sq miles)
Federation of Malaya a federation of the nine Malay States of the Malay Peninsula and two of the Straits Settlements (Malacca and Penang): formed in 1948: became part of the British Commonwealth in 1957 and joined Malaysia in 1963
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