Malay, noun and adjective

Origin:
English, Dutch, MalayShow more English, translation of Dutch Maleier from Malay Melayu person of Malayan origin, speaker of the Malayan language. See quotation 1979.
A. noun
1. Cape Malay noun phrase. 2. rare. Cape Coloured noun phrase.
1765 Mrs Kindersley Letters (1777) 65Some of them are called Malays or Malaynese, brought from the country of Malacca, and the islands to the eastward of India, subject to the Dutch company.
1981 Sunday Times 12 July (Mag. Sect.) 1‘We speak the most beautiful Afrikaans in the country,’ said Mr Ebrahim Schroeder, a prominent Malay. ‘We use words drawn from Malay, Arabic and English.’
3. combinations
Malay cart, a small, two-wheeled cart formerly much used in the Cape Malay community;
Malay magic, occult arts, especially involving poltergeists and psychokinesis, supposedly practised by Cape Malays; cf. goëlery; see also slamaaier sense 2;
Malay Quarter, a residential area of Cape Town, situated below Signal Hill, in which Cape Malays have traditionally lived, see quotation 1989;
Malay-tricked participial adjective, affected by Malay magic;
Malay trickery, Malay tricks, see Malay magic.
1861 Lady Duff-Gordon Lett. from Cape (1925) 49A light Malay cart (a capital vehicle with two wheels) and four horses.
1966 [see quot. at Malay magic above].
B. adjective Cape Malay adjectival phrase.
1815 Afr. Court Calendar & Dir.Abdol Garis, Malay priest, 23 Langa Street, Abdol Malik van Batavia, Malay Doctor, 22 Dorp Str.
1990 R. Gool Cape Town Coolie 97‘Why aren’t you working?’ he asked, in the racy, sing-song Afrikaans peculiar to Malay fishermen.
Cape Malaynoun phrase.
Cape Colourednoun phrase.
Cape Malayadjectival phrase.

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