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Maltese

[mawl-teez, -tees] /mɔlˈtiz, -ˈtis/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; Malt(a) + -ese
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British Dictionary definitions for Maltese

Maltese

/mɔːlˈtiːz/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Malta, its inhabitants, or their language
noun
2.
(pl) -tese. 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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Word Origin and History for Maltese

from Malta + -ese. Maltese cat is attested from 1830; Maltese cross is from 1754 (earlier Malta cross, 1650s).

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