Maltese

Maltese

[mawl-teez, -tees]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Malta, its people, or their language.
noun, plural Maltese.
2.
a native or inhabitant of Malta.
3.
the Arabic dialect spoken in Malta, using many Italian words.

Origin:
1605–15; Malt(a) + -ese

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Maltese (mɔːlˈtiːz)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Malta, its inhabitants, or their language
 
n , -tese
2.  a native or inhabitant of Malta
3.  the official language of Malta, a form of Arabic with borrowings from Italian, etc
4.  a breed of toy dog having a very long straight silky white coat
5.  a domestic fancy pigeon having long legs and a long neck

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Maltese
from Malta (q.v.) + -ese. Maltese cat is attested from 1857; Maltese cross is from 1877 (earlier Malta cross, 1650s).
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