[mawl-deevz, mal-dahyvz] /ˈmɔl divz, ˈmæl daɪvz/
a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km).
Republic of Maldives, a republic occupying an archipelago of 1087 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: came under British protection in 1887; became independent in 1965 and a republic in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. The economy and infrastructure were severely damaged in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Divehi. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: rufiyaa. Capital: Malé. Pop: 393 988 (2013 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles) Also known as the Maldive Islands
probably from Sanskrit maladvipa “garland of islands,” from mala “garland” + dvipa “island.” Related: Maldivian.
[mal-dis-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌmæl dɪs trəˈbyu ʃən/ noun 1. bad or unsatisfactory , as of wealth, among a population or members of a group. /ˌmældɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən/ noun 1. faulty, unequal, or unfair distribution (as of wealth, business, etc) n. also mal-distribution, 1824, from mal- + distribution.
[mawl-deevz, mal-dahyvz] /ˈmɔl divz, ˈmæl daɪvz/ noun 1. a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Capital: Male. /mɔːlˈdɪvɪən/ adjective 1. of or relating to the Maldives or their inhabitants noun 2. a native or inhabitant of the Maldives /ˈmɔːlˈdiːvz/ […]
/ˈmɔːldən/ noun 1. a market town in SE England, in Essex; scene of a battle (991) between the East Saxons and the victorious Danes, celebrated in The Battle of Maldon, an Old English poem; notable for Maldon salt, used in cookery. Pop: 20 731 (2001)
[mal dy pey-ee] /mal dü peɪˈi/ noun, French. 1. .