Straits-born Chinese

/ˌstreɪts-bɔn tʃaɪˈniz/ (say .strayts-bawn chuy'neez)

1. a member of an ethnic group of mixed Chinese and Malay descent, located mostly in Melaka (a state in south-western Malaysia), Penang, and Singapore. Compare Baba, Nyonya.
2. belonging or relating to this ethnic group.
Also, Straits Chinese. {from the Strait of Malacca. See Malacca}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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