Definition of Malay

1. Noun. A member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago.

Exact synonyms: Malayan
Group relationships: East India, East Indies, Malay Archipelago, Malaya, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula
Generic synonyms: Asian, Asiatic
Derivative terms: Malayan

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of the people or language of Malaysia and the northern Malay Peninsula and parts of the western Malay Archipelago. "Malayan syllable structure"
Exact synonyms: Malayan
Derivative terms: Malayan, Malaysia

3. Noun. A western subfamily of Western Malayo-Polynesian languages.

Definition of Malay

1. n. One of a race of a brown or copper complexion in the Malay Peninsula and the western islands of the Indian Archipelago.

2. a. Of or pertaining to the Malays or their country.

Definition of Malay

1. Adjective. of or relating to the Malays, a people living in Brunei, on the eastern coast of Sumatra, the islands of Bangka and Belitung, the Riau archipelago and the coastal areas of Kalimantan in Indonesia, in most of Malaysia (states where they are politically dominant), in Singapore and in the southernmost provinces of Thailand. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: usage generally frowned upon by Malays and Malaysians) of or related to Malaysia, its people and/or culture. ¹

3. Adjective. in, of or otherwise relating to Malay, a generic name for the languages spoken by Malays. ¹

4. Noun. A person of Malay ancestry, referring to a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia. ¹

5. Noun. Type of mild curry made with yoghurt and fruit, usually pineapple or lychee. ¹

6. Proper noun. The Malay language, an Austronesian language spoken by most Malay people and in states they dominate. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Malay

Malawi kwacha
Malawian monetary unit
Malaxis ophioglossoides
Malay Archipelago
Malay Peninsula
Malayan tapir

Literary usage of Malay

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain), Parish Register Society (Great Britain) (1900)
"The greater gods, for instance, are Hindu divinities in malay dress, ... The malay Drama is largely indebted to India, and many of the plots are derived ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1900)
"The paper dealt with some specimens of malay metal-work submitted to the author for ... Some malay processes actually witnessed by Mr. Skeat were described, ..."

3. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1906)
"malay Peninsula. Budde Lund, G. in Lanche'ster, WF London, Proc. Zool. ... Zool. Soc., 1902, 2, [1003], (378, pl. XXXV). mundana n. sp. malay ..."

4. The Cultivator by New York State Agricultural Society (1850)
"That the game-fowl bears a resemblance to what is called the ''Pheasant-malay," is, as before intimated, not unlikely; but it is plain from Dixon's ..."

5. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain) (1907)
"There are many States in the peninsula : some in the Straits Settlements (ai colony), others under Siam, and those known as the Federated malay States. ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"l In fact, the typical malay can scarcely be distinguished anthropologically from the typical Mongolian. He is described as of low stature, averaging little ..."

7. A Descriptive Dictionary of the Indian Islands & Adjacent Countries by John Crawfurd (1856)
"The name for the shark in malay and Javanese is lyu, or, abbreviated, ... In the form of sastra, it signifies, in malay, an alphabetic character, ..."

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