Silat Melayu (Jawi: سيلت ملايو), literally meaning "Malay silat" is a blanket term for silat styles of the Malay people. The
term was originally used in reference to the native silat of Sumatra but today it is more commonly used for the types of silat created in peninsular Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia,
Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam. In modern usage, the term is most often used to differentiate the Malaysian styles from Indonesian pencak silat.
Silat is also called gayung or gayong in the northern Malay Peninsula. In other regions the word gayung refers to the spiritual practices in silat. English-language writings sometimes
mistakenly refer to Silat Melayu as bersilat but this is actually a verb form of the noun silat.