noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
a former British crown colony in SE Asia: included the settlements of Singapore, Penang, Malacca, and Labuan.
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British Dictionary definitions for straits settlements
/ (streɪts) /
(formerly) a British crown colony of SE Asia that included Singapore, Penang, Malacca, Labuan, and some smaller islands
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