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Malay adj : 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; "Malay peoples"; "Malayan syllable structure" [syn: Malayan]


1 a member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago [syn: Malayan]
2 a western subfamily of Western Malayo-Polynesian languages

User Contributed Dictionary



From melayu, of uncertain origin.



  1. Of or related to the Malays, a people living in parts of Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
  2. In the context of "usage generally frowned upon by Malays and Malaysians": Of or related to Malaysia, its people, or its culture.


of the Malay people
of or pertaining to Malaysia


  1. 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.


Malay person
type of curry

Proper noun

  1. The Malay language, an Austronesian language.


the Malay language
  • Basque: malaiera
  • Esperanto: Malaja
  • Finnish: malaiji
  • French: malais
  • Indonesian: bahasa Melayu
  • Japanese: マレー語
  • Malay: bahasa Melayu
  • Norwegian: malayisk
  • Polish: malajski
  • Swedish: malajiska
  • Vietnamese: tiếng Mã-lai, tiếng Mã lai

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Extensive Definition

Malay may refer to:


  • Malay language, the language of Malaysia and Brunei, lingua franca of Samudera-Pasai (Malay Archipelago)
  • Old Malay language(s), possible ancestor(s) of Bahasa Melayu, and the Indonesian language
  • Sri Lankan Creole Malay language, a language spoken by the Malay ethnic minority in Sri Lanka


  • Malays (ethnic group), the ethnic group located primarily in the Malay peninsula, and parts of Sumatra and Borneo
  • Malay race, a racial category encompassing peoples of South East Asia and sometimes the Pacific Islands
  • Malaysian Malays, a constitutionally defined group of Muslim Malaysian citizens
  • Malays in Singapore
  • Malay Indonesian, ethnic Malays in Indonesia
  • Thai Malays, ethnic Malays in Thailand
  • Cape Malays, an ethnic group or community in South Africa
  • Cocos Malays, the predominant group ethnic group of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia
  • Malay Australian, ethnic Malays living in Australia, or have applied for Australian citizenship.
  • Overseas Malays, people of Malay ancestry living outside Malaysia and neighbouring ethnic Malay home areas



  • Malay states, a group of nine states of Malaysia (all located in West Malaysia) which have hereditary rulers.
  • Melayu Kingdom or Malayu kingdom, once prospered in Indonesia as part of Srivijaya.


See also

Malay in German: Malay
Malay in Spanish: Malay (desambiguación)
Malay in Dutch: Malay
Malay in Japanese: マレー
Malay in Portuguese: Malaio
Malay in Finnish: Malaiji
Malay in Swedish: Malay
Malay in Tagalog: Malay (paglilinaw)
Malay in Vietnamese: Mã Lai
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