from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island country in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, comprising the island of Malta and two smaller islands. Occupied successively by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens, and Normans, Malta was granted to the Knights Hospitalers in 1530 and passed to France in 1798 and Great Britain in 1800. The country became independent in 1964 but has remained part of the British Commonwealth. Valletta, on Malta Island, is the capital. Population: 402,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A European country in the Mediterranean Sea. Official name: Republic of Malta.
- proper n. The largest island of the Maltese Archipelago.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A country on the island of Malta.
- n. An island south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea
- n. a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Disputed; from a Phoenician root מלט (mlṭ), meaning "refuge" or from Ancient Greek μελίτη ("honey"). (Wiktionary)