See also: malay and Malay.

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Etymology edit

Recorded in English since 1598; from Malay Melayu, from Malayu, a kingdom on Sumatra's eastern coast (today's Jambi), mentioned by the Chinese Monk Yijing as 末羅瑜國 and during the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties as 木剌由 (Bok-la-yu or Mok-la-yu), 麻里予兒 (Ma-li-yu-er), 巫來由 (Wu-lai-yu) and 無來由 (Wu-lai-yu). The oldest known inscriptions in the Malay language were found at Kedukan Bukit and Talang Tuo, both in the vicinity of Palembang in southern Sumatra, and at Kota Kapur on Bangka island west of Sumatra. They are respectively dated 673, 684 and 686. Exonymous derivation from Malayalam മല (mala, mountain) has not been demonstrated.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈleɪ/, /meɪˈleɪ/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmeɪleɪ/, /məˈleɪ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
  • Homophone: melee

Adjective edit

Malay (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • 2008, Preeta Samarasan, Evening is the Whole Day, Fourth Estate, page 124:
      “I heard the Malay fellas talking at the office.”
  2. (generally proscribed by Malays and Malaysians) Of or related to Malaysia, its people and/or culture.
  3. In, of or otherwise relating to the languages spoken by Malays.

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Malay (countable and uncountable, plural Malays)

  1. (countable) A person of Malay ancestry, referring to a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia.
  2. Type of mild curry made with yoghurt and fruit, usually pineapple or lychee.
    She ordered chicken Malay with rice.

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Malay

  1. (broad sense) The Malay language, an Austronesian language spoken by most Malay people and by others where it is an official language, including under the name Indonesian.
  2. (strict sense) The Malay language, an Austronesian language spoken by most Malay people and by others where it is an official language, excluding the national standard known as Indonesian.

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from English Malay, from Malay Melayu. Doublet of Malayo.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: Ma‧lay
  • IPA(key): /maˈlaj/, [mɐˈlaɪ̯]

Proper noun edit

Maláy (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜎᜌ᜔)

  1. Malay (language)
    Synonym: Malayo
  2. A municipality of Aklan, Philippines; location of Boracay island.

Noun edit

Maláy (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜎᜌ᜔)

  1. Malay (person)
    Synonyms: Malayo, Malaya

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Maláy (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜎᜌ᜔)

  1. Malay (pertaining to Malays)
    Synonym: Malayo

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  • Malay”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018