how to pronounce malay


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the above transcription of malay is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

malay is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of malay in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… up a new labor market for malay women …”

meanings of malay


  1. In, of or otherwise relating to Malay, a generic name for the languages spoken by Malays.
  2. Of or related to Malaysia, its people and/or culture.
  3. Of or relating to the Malays, a people living in Brunei, on the eastern coast of Sumatra, the islands of Bangka and Belitung, the Riau archipelago and the coastal areas of Kalimantan in Indonesia, in most of Malaysia (states where they are politically dominant), in Singapore and in the southernmost provinces of Thailand.


  1. Type of mild curry made with yoghurt and fruit, usually pineapple or lychee.
  2. The Malay language, an Austronesian language spoken by most Malay people and in states they dominate.
  3. A person of Malay ancestry, referring to a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia.

malay frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word malay occurs in english on average 4.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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