Malay may refer to:



  • Malay language ("Bahasa Melayu"), the macro-language of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, lingua franca of the Malay Archipelago
  • Malaysian language, the official form of the Malay language in Malaysia
  • Indonesian language, the official form of the Malay language in Indonesia
  • Old Malay language(s), possible ancestor(s) of Bahasa Melayu
  • Sri Lankan Creole Malay language, a language spoken by the Malay ethnic minority in Sri Lanka


Ethnic groups

  • Malays (ethnic group), the ethnic group located primarily in the Malay peninsula, and parts of Sumatra and Borneo
  • Malay race, a racial category encompassing the people of Maritime Southeast Asia and sometimes the Pacific Islands
  • Malaysian Malays, a constitutionally defined group of Muslim Malaysian citizens
  • Malays in Singapore
  • Malay Indonesian, ethnic Malays in Indonesia
  • Thai Malays, ethnic Malays in Thailand
  • Sri Lankan Malays, an ethnic group in Sri Lanka of Indonesian ancestry
  • Cape Malays, an ethnic group or community in South Africa
  • Cocos Malays, the predominant group ethnic group of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia
  • Overseas Malays, people of Malay ancestry living outside Malaysia and neighbouring ethnic Malay home areas
  • Kedahan Malay, the earliest settler in Malay Peninsular and young ancestor to the people of Malay Archipelago




  • Malaysia, the modern country that encompasses most of the ancient malay states
  • Malay states, a group of nine states of Malaysia (all located in West Malaysia) which have hereditary rulers
  • Melayu Kingdom or Malayu kingdom, once prospered in Indonesia as part of Srivijaya


  • Malay Chicken, a breed of chicken
  • Malayan Tiger, a subspecies of tiger that live in the jungles of the Malay peninsula, Borneo and Thailand


  • SS Malay, a Norwegian cargo ship in service from 1959 to 1961
  • USS Malay (SP-735), a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919

See also

  • Malaya (disambiguation)

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