Ma·lay (mə-lā, mālā′)
1. A member of a people inhabiting the Malay Peninsula and parts of the western Malay Archipelago.
2. The Austronesian language of the Malays. Also called Bahasa Melayu.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Malays or their language.
2. Of or relating to Malaysia, the Malay Peninsula, or the Malay Archipelago.
[Obsolete Dutch Malayo, from Malay Melayu.]
Ma·layan (mə-lāən) adj. & n.
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