Usage Malay, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Luxembourgish, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Turkish, Ukrainian
Scripts بروني(Malay Jawi) Бруней(Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian Cyrillic, Tajik, Russian, Ukrainian) ბრუნეი(Georgian) ब्रुनेई(Hindi) برۋنەي(Kazakh Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. BROO-nie(Malay) BROO-nay(Catalan, Finnish) broo-NIE(English) BRUY-NAY(French) BROO-NEH-EE(Georgian) bruw-NEH-ee(Hindi) BROO-neh-yee(Hungarian) bruw-NYAY(Kazakh, Russian) broo-NEH-ee(Polish) broo-NAY(Romanian) bruw-NAY(Russian) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsBruneee (Hindi), Bruney (Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Russian, Tajik, Ukrainian)
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Meaning & History
Probably derived from the name of the island of Borneo, which in turn is most likely from Sanskrit वरुण (váruṇa) meaning "ocean, water". A local legend suggests that the name may be derived from the phrase baru nah meaning "there!" or "that's it!", which was supposedly declared by Muhammad Shah, Brunei's first sultan. This is the name of a country in Southeast Asia.