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ˈmɔl təMal·ta

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Malta, Republic of Maltanoun

    a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964

  2. Maltanoun

    a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea


  1. Maltanoun

    A European country in the Mediterranean Sea. Official name: Republic of Malta.

  2. Maltanoun

    The largest island of the Maltese Archipelago.

  3. maltanoun

    A non-alcoholic carbonated malt beverage, popular in Latin America

  4. Etymology: Disputed; from a Phoenician root מלט, meaning "refuge" or from μελίτη.


  1. Malta

    Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea 80 km south of Sicily and 333 km north of Libya. Malta covers just over 316 km², making it one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries. The capital of Malta is Valletta. There are two official languages: Maltese and English. Malta's location has given it great strategic importance throughout history and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St John, French and the British ruled the islands. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004; in 2008, it became part of the eurozone. Malta has a long Christian legacy and is an Apostolic see. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul was shipwrecked on Malta. Catholicism is the official religion in Malta. Malta is a tourist destination with numerous recreational areas and historical monuments, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Malta

    (with Gozo) (177), a small British island in the Mediterranean, 80 m. S. of Sicily; is a strongly fortified and a most important naval station, head-quarters of the British Mediterranean fleet, and coaling-station for naval and mercantile marine; with a history of great interest, Malta was annexed to Britain in 1814. The island is treeless, and with few streams, but fertile, and has many wells. Wheat, potatoes, and fruit are largely cultivated, and filigree work and cotton manufactured. The people are industrious and thrifty; population is the densest in Europe. The Roman Catholic Church is very powerful. There is a university at Valetta, and since 1887 Malta has been self-governing.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Malta

    An independent state consisting of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily. Its capital is Valetta. The major island is Malta, the two smaller islands are Comino and Gozo. It was a Phoenician and Carthaginian colony, captured by the Romans in 218 B.C. It was overrun by Saracens in 870, taken by the Normans in 1090, and subsequently held by the French and later the British who allotted them a dominion government in 1921. It became a crown colony in 1933, achieving independence in 1964. The name possibly comes from a pre-Indoeuropean root mel, high, referring to its rocks, but a more picturesque origin derives the name from the Greek melitta or melissa, honey, with reference to its early fame for its honey production. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p719 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p330)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. malta

    An island belonging to Great Britain, situated in the Mediterranean, 54 miles from the Sicilian coast, and about 200 from Cape Bon, on the African coast. It is strongly fortified around the capital, Valetta, which was built by the Knights of St. John. Malta was colonized by the Carthaginians about 500 B.C., and as early as the first Punic war it was plundered by the Romans, but did not come finally into their possession until 242 B.C. During the 5th century it fell successively under the sway of the Vandals and Goths. The Romans, however, regained it under Belisarius in 533 A.D., and kept possession of it till it was conquered by the Arabs in 870. In 1090, Count Roger of Sicily drove out the Arabs, and established a popular council for the government of the island. Charles of Anjou, after overrunning Sicily, made himself master of it; but after a time, the houses of Aragon and Castile successively held the island. Subsequently, the emperor Charles V. took possession of Malta, and in 1530 granted it to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, from whom the Turks had recently captured their great stronghold at Rhodes. The knights raised by degrees the stupendous fortifications, and, moreover, spent their large income in beautifying the island in every way. Meanwhile they rendered incessant services to Christendom in the chastisement of the ferocious Barbary pirates. To revenge these acts, the Turks brought immense forces against Malta in 1557, and again in 1565. The siege in the latter year was carried on by the sultan Solyman himself, with the flower of the Ottoman army; but the grand master, La Valette, opposed a heroic resistance, and he was forced to re-embark, with the loss of more than 25,000 of his best troops. The defenders lost 260 knights and 7000 Maltese soldiers; and their gallantry was the theme of admiration throughout the world. After this siege the knights built Valetta. In 1571, they, with the Maltese, behaved most courageously at the battle of Lepanto, where the Turks lost 30,000 men. Though waging perpetual war with the Turks, the knights continued in possession of Malta until 1798, when it surrendered to Napoleon, and received a French garrison. In 1800 it was blockaded by a British squadron, and was forced to surrender to the English, in whose possession it has remained as a dependency.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Malta

    From the Phœnician Melita, “a place of refuge.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Malta in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Malta in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Malta in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Mifsud:

    The court is concerned by the level of rhetoric and racism surrounding this case and migration in Malta.

  2. The Maltese government:

    None of the migrants will remain in Malta. The ship Alan Kurdi will not be allowed to enter Malta, once again the smallest member of the European Union was put under unnecessary pressure, being asked to resolve a case which was neither its responsibility nor its remit.

  3. Gozo Island:

    There was a big raging sea beneath Azure Window, suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray. By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta, said on Facebook that losing the arch to corrosion was.

  4. Danilo Toninelli:

    According to the maritime law, it's Malta that must send its own ships and open its own ports, our coast guard can act, if needed, in support, but Malta should immediately do its duty.

  5. Karline Kleijer:

    MSF denounces any European government which is choosing political scoring of points above saving lives at sea, people were threatening to jump into the water (during) the standoff between Italy and Malta, because they were scared and said if we have to die we'd rather die at sea than in Libya.

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weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
  • A. tenebrous
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