Definition of Malta
1. Noun. A republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
Generic synonyms: Country, Land, State
Terms within: Capital Of Malta, Valetta, Valletta
Member holonyms: Maltese
2. Noun. A strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.
Generic synonyms: Island
Group relationships: Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea
Definition of Malta
1. Proper noun. A European country in the Mediterranean Sea. Official name: Republic of Malta. ¹
2. Proper noun. The largest island of the Maltese Archipelago. ¹
3. Noun. A non-alcoholic carbonated malt beverage, popular in Latin America ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Malta
1. An independent state consisting of three islands in the mediterranean sea, south of sicily. Its capital is valetta. The major island is malta, the two smaller islands are comino and gozo. It was a phoenician and carthaginian colony, captured by the romans in 218 b.c. It was overrun by saracens in 870, taken by the normans in 1090, and subsequently held by the french and later the british who allotted them a dominion government in 1921. It became a crown colony in 1933, achieving independence in 1964. The name possibly comes from a pre-indoeuropean root mel, high, referring to its rocks, but a more picturesque origin derives the name from the greek melitta or melissa, honey, with reference to its early fame for its honey production. (12 Dec 1998)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Malta
Literary usage of Malta
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The population of malta and Gozo was over 25,- 000 in 1535 ... Maltese prelates to be appointed, the Bishop of malta was commonly a Sicilian. ..."
2. Italy: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1900)
"from Syracuse at 11 pm, returning from malta at 1 pm The voyage occupies 8 hr.«. ; fares li. or 12» (25 fr. or 15 fr. in gold); return-ticket a fare and a ..."
3. The Parliamentary Debatesby Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard by Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard (1824)
"Mr. Hume, in bringing forward his motion with respect to the Quarantine Laws of malta, felt it necessary to explain shortly the nature of the ..."
4. A Subject Index of the Modern Works Added to the Library of the British ...by British Museum Dept. of Printed Books, George Knottesford Fortescue by British Museum Dept. of Printed Books, George Knottesford Fortescue (1891)
"Remains of an ancient Greek building discovered in malta. pp.3. 1888. fol. ... malta. Correspondence on the Constitution of malta, pp.91. Cumi. 188;. 8°. ..."
5. Roman Law in the Modern World by Charles Phineas Sherman (1917)
"ORDINANCES, etc., of malta, 1813 to date. (Official publication of texts in Italian and ... PAGE, Guide to the laws and regulations of malta, malta, 1892. ..."
6. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1814)
"Dryden's Voyage to Sicily and malta in 1701 and 1702. London, 1716, 8vo. ... and Account of a Voyage lile of malta.) By Sylva and Manoel Thomas Balio de ..."
7. The Gentleman's Magazine (1864)
"The Fossil Elephant of malta. It would be idle to speculate further upon this curious matrimonia project, if indeed the whole affair was not a mere device ..."