[mal-kuh m]


a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning “disciple of Saint Columba.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for malcolm

Contemporary Examples of malcolm

Historical Examples of malcolm

  • Malcolm and Ralf were riding with a party of these young men.

    The Caged Lion

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • "I am heartily glad to be out of Paris," Ronald said to Malcolm on their first halt after leaving the capital.

  • As it was I had too many girls, and at the last minute had to telegraph Malcolm to come and help me out.

    The Fifth Wheel

    Olive Higgins Prouty

  • Of course Major Malcolm and the lieutenant heard of the proposed expedition.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • All this was the best justification for Charles's not having spoken to Mr. Malcolm on the subject.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

British Dictionary definitions for malcolm



George. 1917–97, British harpsichordist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for malcolm


masc. proper name, from Old Irish Máel Coluim "servant of (St.) Columba," from máel "servant," etymologically "bald, shorn, hornless," from PIE base *mai- "to cut" (see maim).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper