Definition of malae in English:

malae

noun

  • In certain Polynesian islands: an open space used either as a meeting-place, or as a ceremonial area, or both, usually in the centre of a village; (also sometimes) a stone-faced platform for religious purposes; (in Tonga also) a burial ground.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Martin (1789–1869), meteorologist. From Samoan malae open space, meeting ground, Tongan mala'e, market-place, graveyard, and forms in related languages.

Pronunciation

malae

/maˈlɑːeɪ/