[muh-ley-zhuh n, -shuh n]
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Malaysia or its inhabitants.

Origin of Malaysian

First recorded in 1880–85; Malaysi(a) + -an
Related formspre-Ma·lay·sian, adjectivepro-Ma·lay·sian, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for malaysian

Contemporary Examples of malaysian

Historical Examples of malaysian

  • Their trade and products are similar to the rest of the Malaysian possessions.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • The Tziam or Chiam, on the other hand, are closely allied to the Malaysian linguistic family.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • The Chinese traded with India and the Malaysian islands during the fifth and sixth centuries, and used decked boats for the trade.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • This tree is found on all the large islands of the Polynesian groups, and in the Malaysian Archipelago.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

    Gerrit Parmile Wilder

  • The beche-de-mere, or "sea cucumber," is a product of Australasian and Malaysian waters.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

British Dictionary definitions for malaysian


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