Part of speech: adjective

Of or pertaining to Malta, a British island in the Mediterranean.

Part of speech: noun

An inhabitant of Malta; the people or language of Malta.

Part of speech: noun

A Maltese cat or terrier.

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Usage examples "maltese":

  1. His letter to Dalton could have been shown, and the Maltese cross could have proved who the murderer was. - "The Living Link", James De Mille.
  2. Unfortunately, it was low tide in the Thames, and, although the fire- engines soon arrived, and there were the Garrison and 250 policemen to render assistance, the flames spread rapidly; so fast, indeed, that the only things then got out and saved, were the Duke of York’ s sword and belt, and a beautiful Maltese gun. - "Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign", John Ashton.
  3. Even the Maltese cross. - "The Spoils of Poynton", Henry James.