Melayu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Malay Melayu.

Noun[edit]

Melayu pl (plural only)

  1. The Malay ethnic group.

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Indonesian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay Melayu.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [məˈlaju]
  • Hyphenation: mê‧la‧yu

Proper noun[edit]

Melayu

  1. Malay (ethnic group)
  2. Malay (language)

Adjective[edit]

Melayu

  1. Malay (pertaining to ethnic group or language)

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malayu, a kingdom on Sumatra's eastern coast (today's Jambi), mentioned by the Chinese Monk Yijing as 末羅瑜國 and during the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties as 木剌由 (Bok-la-yu or Mok-la-yu), 麻里予兒 (Ma-li-yu-er), 巫來由 (Wu-lai-yu) and 無來由 (Wu-lai-yu). The oldest known inscriptions in the Malay language were found at Kedukan Bukit and Talang Tuo, both in the vicinity of Palembang in southern Sumatra, and at Kota Kapur on Bangka island west of Sumatra. They are respectively dated 673, 684 and 686. Exonymous derivation from Malayalam മല (mala, mountain) has not been demonstrated.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Melayu (Jawi spelling ملايو‎)

  1. Malay (ethnic group)
  2. Malay (language)

Adjective[edit]

Melayu

  1. Malay (pertaining to ethnic group or language)

Derived terms[edit]