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Straits Settlements

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. 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

Straits Settlements

pl n
  1. (formerly) a British crown colony of SE Asia that included Singapore, Penang, Malacca, Labuan, and some smaller islands
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