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[muh-ley-uh n]
adjective, noun
  1. Malay.
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Origin of Malayan

Related formsnon-Ma·lay·an, adjective, nounpre-Ma·lay·an, adjectivepro-Ma·lay·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for malayan

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Brookeʼs memorandum on the piracy of the Malayan Archipelago.

    The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido

    Henry Keppel

  • But they seem to have left no marks on the Malayan population.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • These last are mainly composed of immigrant Malayan peoples.

  • When we came near the shore, I called to them in the Malayan language.

  • He added a few words in the Malayan tongue to the Tumongong, who responded.

    The Rajah of Dah

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for malayan


  1. of or relating to Malaya or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Malaya
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