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[mal-kuh m] /ˈmæl kəm/
a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning “disciple of Saint Columba.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Malcolm had invaded England for the fifth time, when he was slain, together with his eldest son Edward.

    Great Englishwomen M. B. Synge
  • Malcolm and I agreed that it was fortunate we had repaired our canoe.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • The good angel triumphed, as Malcolm, who was watching her anxiously, quickly perceived.

    Uncanny Tales Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • I have no doubt that Malcolm felt the same, but he was too brave to show it.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • Sir Malcolm had signed to two servants in the hall to follow.

    Meg's Friend Alice Abigail Corkran
British Dictionary definitions for Malcolm


George. 1917–97, British harpsichordist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Malcolm

masc. proper name, from Old Irish Máel Coluim "servant of (St.) Columba," from máel "servant," etymologically "bald, shorn, hornless," from PIE base *mai- "to cut" (see maim).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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