Pronunciation: (mā'lā, mu-lā'),[key] —adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a racially intermixed, generally short-statured people who are the dominant population of the Malay Peninsula and adjacent islands.
2. of or pertaining to the language or culture of these people.
—n. 1. a member of the Malay people.
2. an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, differing from Indonesian only in orthography.