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A former British crown colony comprising parts of the southern and western Malay Peninsula and adjacent islands, including Singapore. Formed in 1826, it was under Indian control until 1867, when the British assumed direct authority. Singapore became a separate colony in 1946; the remaining area was granted to Australia and the Federation of Malaya (later Malaysia) in the 1950s.
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(Placename) (formerly) a British crown colony of SE Asia that included Singapore, Penang, Malacca, Labuan, and some smaller islands
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a former British crown colony in SE Asia: included the settlements of Singapore, Penang, and Malacca.
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