What does Malaysia mean?

Definitions for Malaysiaməˈleɪ ʒə, -ʃə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Malaysia, Malaya(noun)

    a constitutional monarchy in southeastern Asia on Borneo and the Malay Peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957


  1. Malaysia(prop. n.)

    A country in Southeast Asia including the former nation of Malaya on the Malay Peninsula, and part of Borneo; sometimes still referred to as Malaya.


  1. Malaysia(ProperNoun)

    A country in Southeast Asia. Official name: Malaysia.

  2. Origin: Somehow from Malaya + -ia.


  1. Malaysia

    Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. Land borders are shared with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and maritime borders exist with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. In 2010 the population was 28.33 million, with 22.6 million living on the Peninsula. Malaysia has its origins in the Malay Kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British protectorates. The territories on Peninsular Malaysia were first unified as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963, with si being added to give the new country the name Malaysia. Less than two years later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation. Since independence, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5% for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Malaysia

    A parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch in southeast Asia, consisting of 11 states (West Malaysia) on the Malay Peninsula and two states (East Malaysia) on the island of BORNEO. It is also called the Federation of Malaysia. Its capital is Kuala Lumpur. Before 1963 it was the Union of Malaya. It reorganized in 1948 as the Federation of Malaya, becoming independent from British Malaya in 1957 and becoming Malaysia in 1963 as a federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore (which seceded in 1965). The form Malay- probably derives from the Tamil malay, mountain, with reference to its geography. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p715 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p329)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Malaysia in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Malaysia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Busri Salam:

    My brother is in Malaysia, i wanted to go there.

  2. Anthony Tan in 2012:

    Passengers in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia - the big problem is safety.

  3. Chief Executive Officer Rich Kruger:

    We have sold cargoes to Malaysia, India and I believe we have Chinese cargoes.

  4. Wellian Wiranto:

    Malaysia definitely needs all the help it can get from the electronics products side.

  5. Lokman Hakim Sulaiman:

    If it is introduced by an infected Malaysian or by a visitor to Malaysia, it could spread quickly.

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