One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In Indonesia: a village community consisting of a number of different clans and administered by clan leaders, later used by Dutch colonists as an administrative division. Now historical.
2In Malaysia and Indonesia: (the name of) a state, province, or nation.
Early 18th century. From Malay negeri, negri (originally) town on an estuary where the raja resided, (later) state, province, country from Sanskrit nagarī (feminine) town.
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