Definition of Maltese in US English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Malta or a person of Maltese descent.

    • ‘Moreover, this knot is one which few besides sailors can tie, and is peculiar to the Maltese.’
    • ‘According to tradition the national colors were given to the Maltese by Count Roger in 1090.’
    • ‘Saint Paul is a powerful national symbol, as he is credited with converting the Maltese to Christianity.’
    • ‘The years between the two world wars were marked by spasmodic European immigration, especially of Italians, Greeks, Croatians, Maltese, and Jews.’
    • ‘The Maltese are reportedly quaking in their boots.’
  • 2The national language of Malta, a Semitic language derived from Arabic but much influenced by Italian, Spanish, and Norman French.

    • ‘How many people, for example, can translate from Latvian into Maltese?’
    • ‘The two official languages are Maltese (a language with similarities to Arabic) and English.’
    • ‘More people know Irish than Maltese, Latvian or Estonian, the protestors claimed.’
    • ‘In the case of Britain, they also attempt to obtain information on more recently arrived languages such as Gujarati, Punjabi, Maltese, and Turkish.’
    • ‘‘We have to find for example somebody who offers registration in Maltese,’ says Howard.’


  • Relating to Malta, its people, or their language.

    • ‘Like its people and history, the Maltese language is varied.’
    • ‘The last case of a similar nature involved Maltese twins, who were separated surgically in Britain.’
    • ‘As part of these celebrations, a very well known Maltese architect will deliver the Weekend's keynote address.’
    • ‘Malta is predominantly Roman Catholic so the Maltese people love to celebrate weddings.’
    • ‘This is still the largest Maltese community outside of Malta.’