from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southeast Asia consisting of the southern Malay Peninsula and the northern part of the island of Borneo. Malays probably moved into the penisula c. 2000 B.C., eventually reaching northern Borneo and displacing the indigenous Dayaks. Europeans arrived in the 16th century. By the 20th century Great Britain had established protectorates throughout the lower peninsula, which later formed the Union (1946) and then the Federation (1948) of Malaya. Gaining independence in 1957, it joined with Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak to become the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. Singapore gained independence separately in 1965. Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city. Population: 24,800,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country in Southeast Asia. Official name: Malaysia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A country in Southeast Asia including the former nation of Malaya on the Malay Peninsula, and part of Borneo; sometimes still referred to as Malaya.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a constitutional monarchy in southeastern Asia on Borneo and the Malay Peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
Somehow from Malaya + -ia. (Wiktionary)