Definition of Brunei in US English:


proper noun

  • A small oil-rich constitutional sultanate on the northwestern coast of Borneo, divided by parts of Malaysia's state of Sarawak; population 423,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Bandar Seri Begawan; languages, Malay (official), English, Chinese. Official name Brunei Darussalam.

    In the 16th century Brunei dominated Borneo and parts of the Philippines, but its power declined as that of the Portuguese and Dutch grew. In 1888, it was placed under British protection; it became a fully independent Commonwealth of Nations state in 1984. Brunei has been ruled by the same family for six centuries