Definition of mamak in English:

mamak

noun

  • 1In Indonesia and Malaysia: a maternal uncle or elder brother; the male head of a household.

  • 2Malaysian English and Singapore English. A person of Tamil Muslim origin or descent living in Malaysia and Singapore, especially one who owns or works in a shop or a food stall.

  • 3Malaysian English. A street stall or restaurant selling Tamil Muslim food.

adjective

  • Malaysian English and Singapore English. Of, relating to, or associated with Tamil Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore, especially with reference to their cuisine.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Science. From Malay mamak maternal uncle, elder brother from Tamil māmā maternal uncle.

Pronunciation

mamak

/ˈmamak/