an island in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Africa. 95 sq. mi. (246 sq. km).
a former British colony consisting of this island and two small adjacent islands: now an independent sovereign state and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 122 sq. mi. (316 sq. km). Capital: Valletta. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He is first-lieutenant on the "Pandora," you know, and just home after four years at Malta.

    The Schoolmistress

    Arthur W. Pinero

  • Malta was visited, so were the Ionian Islands, and the frigate clove through the waters of the Levant.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • "Before he went to Malta, of course," said Robinson in mild surprise.

    The Green Mummy

    Fergus Hume

  • This luscious orange, even in Malta, where it abounds, sells for a higher price than the ordinary fruit.

    The Story of Malta

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • It may be said truthfully that there are few places which surpass Malta in antiquarian interest.

    The Story of Malta

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for malta



a republic occupying the islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, in the Mediterranean south of Sicily: governed by the Knights Hospitallers from 1530 until Napoleon's conquest in 1798; French driven out, with British help, 1800; became British dependency 1814; suffered severely in World War II; became independent in 1964 and a republic in 1974; joined the EU in 2004; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Maltese and English. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: euro (from January 2008 replacing the Maltese lira). Capital: Valletta. Pop: 411 277 (2013 est). Area: 316 sq km (122 sq miles)
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 malta


Mediterranean island, from Latin Melite, perhaps from Phoenician melita, literally "place of refuge," from malat "he escaped."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for malta



Republic in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, made up of five small islands.


Malta, strategically located, has belonged to a succession of civilizations, including the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. In 1800, the British established control of Malta, which, since its independence in 1964, has continued to maintain close ties with Britain.
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