Type Political Subdivision
Usage Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Banjar, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indian, Hindi, Hungarian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu
Scripts سابه(Malay Jawi) صباح(Arabic, Persian, Urdu) Սաբահ(Armenian) Сабах(Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian) साबाह(Hindi) ซาบะฮ์(Thai)
Pronounced Pron. sa-BAH(Malay, Arabic) sah-BAHH(Armenian) SAH-bah(English) SA-BA(French) SA-ba(Spanish) [key·IPA]
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Meaning & History
Of uncertain meaning, possibly from the name of the saba banana (a cultivar originally from the Philippines), which comes from a Visayan word meaning "loud, noisy". Other theories suggest that it is derived from a Brunei Malay word meaning "upstream, northerly", from Malay sabak referring to a place where palm sugar is extracted, or from Arabic صباح (sabah) meaning "morning". This is the name of a Malaysian state.