Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island country in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, comprising the island of Malta and two smaller islands. Occupied successively by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens, and Normans, Malta was granted to the Knights Hospitalers in 1530 and passed to France in 1798 and Great Britain in 1800. The country became independent in 1964 but has remained part of the British Commonwealth. Valletta, on Malta Island, is the capital. Population: 402,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A European country in the Mediterranean Sea. Official name: Republic of Malta.
  • proper n. The largest island of the Maltese Archipelago.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A country on the island of Malta.
  • n. An island south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea
  • n. a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964

Etymologies

Disputed; from a Phoenician root מלט (mlṭ), meaning "refuge" or from Ancient Greek μελίτη ("honey"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In his very last days, when he was visiting Italy for the first time, Scott delighted in Malta, for it recalled to him Vertot's _Knights of Malta_, and much, other mediæval story which he had pored over in his youth.

    Sir Walter Scott (English Men of Letters Series)

  • On the 22nd November he reached Malta, where he looked eagerly at the antiquities of the place, for he still hoped to write a novel -- and, indeed, actually wrote one at Naples, which was never published, called _The Siege of Malta_ -- on the subject of the Knights of Malta, who had interested him so much in his youth.

    Sir Walter Scott (English Men of Letters Series)

  • MALTA - The renovation and addition projects that the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees wants to make to the school's Malta campus may cost less than expected, administrators said

    News

  • MALTA - Here is the new name of the company planning a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta: GlobalFoundries.

    timesunion.com: Local Breaking News

  • I guess this sort of thing happened to us not just in malta but in most other ports, so really as we say in England: Those were the days gone by, and are no more and the above story just brought back memories, some happy memories of Malta and others well not so happy, thats life i suppose, i was much younger then to-day & single.

    timesofmalta.com

  • This is a very exciting thing for me to see, the Schola Cantorum Jubilate in Malta, which is a youth choir that sings for liturgical services.

    Schola Cantorum Jubilate, Malta

  • The knights gradually settled in Malta following their progressive retreat from Jerusalem to Acre, Cyprus, and then Rhodes.

    Malta's Sun-Kissed 'Silent City'

  • He was knighted in Malta in 2009 by the Knights Hospitallers of the

    Kingsley Fletcher

  • One of our readers in Malta sent in some liturgical and architectural photos recently, which show, amongst other things, the "Benedictine Arrangement" in use.

    More from Malta

  • Malta is in a valley (Maltatal) above Spittal an der Drau.

    Work Camp 10049 GW

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