Usage Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Danish, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish
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]
From the name of the Malay people combined with the Greek suffix -σία (síā). The ethnic name, in turn, is of uncertain origin. It is 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) meaning "hill, mountain" and Tamil ஊர் (ūr) meaning "village, town". Alternately, it may be from Malay laju meaning "fast, speedy", referring to the strong current of a local river. This has been the name of a country in Southeast Asia since 1963.