Scripts مليسيا (Malay Jawi)
Pronounced Pron. /ma.ˈlai̯.siə/ (Malay), /mə.ˈleɪ.ʒə/ (English), /ma.ˈlaɪ̯.zi̯a/ (German)
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 4/6/2017
From Malay, which refers to the Malay Peninsula and the Malay people, combined with the Greek suffix -σία (síā). The name Malay is from Melayu or Malayu, the name of a Sumatran kingdom, which is probably derived from Tamil மலை (malai) or Malayalam മല (mala) meaning "hill, mountain". This has been the official name of a Southeast Asian country on the Malay Peninsula since 1963.