Malays

Malay

[mey-ley, muh-ley]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a racially intermixed, generally short-statured people who are the dominant population of the Malay Peninsula and adjacent islands.
2.
of or pertaining to the language or culture of these people.
noun
3.
a member of the Malay people.
4.
an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, differing from Indonesian only in orthography.

non-Malay, adjective, noun
pre-Malay, adjective
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Malay (məˈleɪ)
 
n
1.  a member of a people living chiefly in Malaysia and Indonesia who are descendants of Mongoloid immigrants
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
 
adj
3.  of or relating to the Malays or their language

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Malay
1598, from native name Malayu.
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