Definition of Orang Asli in English:

Orang Asli


  • treated as plural A collective term for the indigenous peoples of Malaysia.

    • ‘The Orang Asli, numbering nearly 100,000 people, are made up of over 18 ethnolinguistic groups living in Malaysia.’
    • ‘The Orang Asli, nevertheless, are not a homogeneous group.’


Malay, from orang ‘person’ and as(a)li ‘of ancient origin’ (from asal ‘source or origin’).


Orang Asli

/ˌɒrəŋ ˈazli/