(Redirected from bahasa Melayu)
See also: melayu

English edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Malay Melayu.

Noun edit

Melayu pl (plural only)

  1. The Malay ethnic group.

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Indonesian edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Malay Melayu.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [məˈlaju]
  • Hyphenation: mê‧la‧yu

Proper noun edit


  1. Malay (ethnic group)
  2. Malay (language)

Adjective edit


  1. Malay (pertaining to ethnic group or language)

Derived terms edit

  • bahasa Melayu (Malay language)
  • orang Melayu (Malay people)

Malay edit

Etymology edit

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 മല (mala, mountain) has not been demonstrated.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /məlaju/
  • Rhymes: -ju, -u
  • Hyphenation: Me‧la‧yu

Proper noun edit

Melayu (Jawi spelling ملايو)

  1. Malay (ethnic group, people, and language)
    Synonym: Jawi
    orang MelayuMalay people
    bahasa Melayuthe Malay language

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