[pi-nang, -nahng, pee-nahng]


an island in SE Asia, off the W coast of the Malay Peninsula. 110 sq. mi. (285 sq. km).
a state including this island and parts of the adjacent mainland: now part of Malaysia; formerly one of the Straits Settlements and part of the former Federation of Malaya. 400 sq. mi. (1036 sq. km). Capital: Georgetown.

Malay Pinang. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The authorities at Penang had a double reason for their opposition.

    A Visit to Java

    W. Basil Worsfold

  • In Penang a certain number of these trees are not permitted to bear fruit.

    Foot-prints of Travel

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • When we stopped at Penang there were two distinct sensations.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • It is just Penang and Hongkong, and the other names are useless incumbrances.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • There is no sear and yellow leaf at Penang, or anywhere on the coast of the Straits.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for penang



Also called: Pulau Pinang a state of Peninsular Malaysia: consists of the island of Penang and the province Wellesley on the mainland, which first united administratively in 1798 as a British colony. Capital: George Town. Pop: 1 313 449 (2000). Area: 1030 sq km (398 sq miles)
a forested island off the NW coast of Malaya, in the Strait of Malacca. Area: 293 sq km (113 sq miles)Former name (until about 1867): Prince of Wales Island
another name for George Town
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