Definition of Bahasa Malaysia in English:

Bahasa Malaysia

noun

mass noun
  • The official language of Malaysia.

    See Malay
    • ‘Our official national language is Bahasa Malaysia, not Bahasa Melayu anymore.’
    • ‘Throughout next month, all quarters, especially ministers and community leaders, should give priority to Bahasa Malaysia usage.’
    • ‘Now, there is no doubt BM should be Bahasa Malaysia, not Bahasa Melayu.’
    • ‘Learn and practice your Bahasa Malaysia with a native speaker in a language exchange via email, text chat, and voice chat.’
    • ‘He said the term Bahasa Malaysia was introduced by Tunku Abdul Rahman after the country’s independence to inculcate a Malaysian identity.’
    • ‘Since I liked comparing Bahasa Malaysia with Bahasa Indonesia, I coined up a title for my paper.’
    • ‘Don't be shy to ask friends to help and speak to you in Bahasa Malaysia on a regular basis.’
    • ‘In short, you have everything you need to practice and learn Bahasa Malaysia via a language exchange.’
    • ‘Lah is a small yet prominent word in today's Bahasa Malaysia.’
    • ‘Utusan Malaysia has been spearheading a campaign for correct usage of Bahasa Malaysia.’
    • ‘The term Bahasa Malaysia would instill a sense of belonging.’
    • ‘The narrow nationalism attitude is hampering efforts to turn Bahasa Malaysia into a unifying language.’
    • ‘The following Kibbitzer pages cover language problems presented by students whose first language is Bahasa Malaysia.’
    • ‘This model serves two purposes, that is, to test the capability of handling Bahasa Malaysia morphological analysis using ATEF and also to provide a first working model.’
    • ‘Anyway I do agree with Firdaus that the distinction between Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia is purely political.’
    • ‘Ways are discussed in which these patterns may be related to the underlying linguistic structure of words in Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Arabic.’

Origin

From Malay bahasa ‘language’.

Pronunciation

Bahasa Malaysia

/bəˈhɑːsə məˈleɪzɪə/