Usage Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Danish, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish, Filipino, Tagalog
Scripts مليسيا(Malay Jawi) ᬫᬮᬬ᭄ᬲᬶᬬ(Balinese)
Pronounced Pron. ma-LIE-see-ə(Malay) mə-LAY-see-ə(Malay) mə-LAY-zhə(English) ma-LIE-zya(German) ma-LIE-see-ah(Swedish) [key·IPA]
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Meaning & History
From the name of the Malay people combined with the Greek suffix σία (sia). The ethnic name itself is of uncertain origin, possibly derived from Melayu or Malayu, the name of an ancient Sumatran kingdom, which may have been derived from Tamil மலை (malai) or Malayalam മല (mala) both meaning "hill, mountain" combined with Tamil ஊர் (ur) meaning "village, town". Alternately, it may be from Malay laju meaning "fast, speedy". This has been the name of a country in Southeast Asia since 1963.