What does Malay mean?

Definitions for Malayˈmeɪ leɪ, məˈleɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Malay.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Malay, Malayan(noun)

    a member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago

  2. Malay(adj)

    a western subfamily of Western Malayo-Polynesian languages

  3. Malay, Malayan(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"


  1. Malay(Noun)

    A person of Malay ancestry, referring to a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia.

  2. Malay(Noun)

    Type of mild curry made with yoghurt and fruit, usually pineapple or lychee.

    She ordered chicken Malay with rice.

  3. Malay(Adjective)

    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.

  4. Malay(Adjective)

    of or related to Malaysia, its people and/or culture.

  5. Malay(Adjective)

    in, of or otherwise relating to Malay, a generic name for the languages spoken by Malays.

  6. Malay(ProperNoun)

    The Malay language, an Austronesian language spoken by most Malay people and in states they dominate.

  7. Origin: Recorded in English since 1598; from melayu, from Malayu, a kingdom on Sumatra's eastern coast (today's Jambi), mentioned by chinese Monk Yijing as 末羅瑜國 and under 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), 巫来由 (Wu-lai-yu) and 無来由 (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 A. D. Exonymous explanation from മല not demonstrated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malay(noun)

    one of a race of a brown or copper complexion in the Malay Peninsula and the western islands of the Indian Archipelago

  2. Malay(adj)

    alt. of Malayan


  1. Malay

    The Malay is a breed of chicken originating in Asia, most likely in northern Pakistan. These birds are cousins of Asil. It is unknown why they were called Malay, but perhaps because of a mistake by the former East India Company, when they introduced that exotic new breed around 1570. In Asia, the Malay chicken is usually found only in rural areas and villages. It is sometimes referred to as "kampung" chicken. In the Borneo region of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, the Malay chicken is called Sigun. In north West Pakistan these are called Sadalay meaning big docile or gentle giants. The Malay Chicken is sometimes used as fighting cocks in cockfighting. Today, in the West the Malay is mainly kept for participation in poultry shows by breeders. It is considered a hard-feathered, gamefowl breed. The Malay has an upright stance, a well muscled form and a large skull with a cruel expression. Nowadays they are selected to be better egg-layers than in the 1970s with 70 to 120 eggs annually for a young hen and older hens laying only 30 to 55 eggs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malay

    -an, ma-lā′, -an, n. a native or inhabitant of Malacca, or of the Malay Archipelago.—adj. of or pertaining to the Malays.—n. Malayä′lam, the language of Malabar, a Dravidian dialect.—adj. Malay′sian, relating to the Malay Peninsula, or to the Malays.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Malay in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Malay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Guillem Valle:

    They don't speak Malay or even know how old they are.

  2. Ibrahim Suffian:

    The danger is some people looking at Islam as being the same to Malay-ness or Malay rights.

  3. Eurasia Group:

    The upcoming rally will have no inspiring leader who can connect with the Malay masses, with rebel icon Anwar Ibrahim now imprisoned and his People's Justice Party struggling to find a new leader who can unite different factions.

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