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[broo-nahy, -ney] /brʊˈnaɪ, -ˈneɪ/
a sultanate under British protection on the NW coast of Borneo: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1984. 2220 sq. mi. (5750 sq. km).
Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan.
Official name Brunei Darussalam
[dah-roo-sah-lahm] /ˌdɑ ru sɑˈlɑm/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
Bruneian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Baker had engaged a Malay as interpreter for the voyage; by good luck he was a native of Brunei.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The Sultan of Brunei had also set his mind on the same young lady.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • In about ten minutes, thought Brunei, we should be feeling it.

    Subjectivity Norman Spinrad
  • With this explanation Brooke had to be content, and await the return of the deed from Brunei.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • From here, still searching for the Moluccas, they were guided to Borneo, the present city of Brunei.

    A History of the Philippines David P. Barrows
British Dictionary definitions for Brunei


/bruːˈnaɪ; ˈbruːnaɪ/
a sultanate in NW Borneo, consisting of two separate areas on the South China Sea, otherwise bounded by Sarawak: controlled all of Borneo and parts of the Philippines and the Sulu Islands in the 16th century; under British protection since 1888; internally self-governing since 1971; became fully independent in 1984 as a member of the Commonwealth. The economy depends chiefly on oil and natural gas. Official language: Malay; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Muslim. Currency: Brunei dollar. Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan. Pop: 415 717 (2013 est). Area: 5765 sq km (2226 sq miles)
the former name of Bandar Seri Begawan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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