Definition of Penang in English:

Penang

(also Pinang)

proper noun

  • 1An island of Malaysia, situated off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. In 1786 it was ceded to the East India Company as a British colony by the sultan of Kedah. Known as Prince of Wales Island until 1867, it united with Malacca and Singapore in a union of 1826, which in 1867 became the British colony called the Straits Settlements. It joined the federation of Malaya in 1948.

    1. 1.1 A state of Malaysia, consisting of the island of Penang and a coastal strip on the mainland; capital, George Town (on Penang island). The mainland strip was united with the island in 1798 as part of the British colony.
    2. 1.2
      another name for George Town

Pronunciation:

Penang

/pɪˈnaŋ/