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Malay (n.)

"native of the Malay peninsula or the adjecent islands," also "the language of the Malays," 1590s, from native (Austronesian) name Malayu. As an adjective from 1779; the earlier adjective form was Malayan (1660s).

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Definitions of Malay
1
Malay (n.)
a member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago;
Synonyms: Malayan
Malay (n.)
a western subfamily of Western Malayo-Polynesian languages;
2
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;
Synonyms: Malayan
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