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[kahm-pawng, -pong, kahm-pawng, -pong] /ˈkɑm pɔŋ, -pɒŋ, kɑmˈpɔŋ, -ˈpɒŋ/


or campong

[kahm-pawng, -pong, kahm-pawng, -pong] /ˈkɑm pɔŋ, -pɒŋ, kɑmˈpɔŋ, -ˈpɒŋ/
a small village or community of houses in Malay-speaking lands.
Origin of kampong
1835-45; < Malay kampung, kampong grouping or gathering together, especially a village; cf. compound2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Drawing the poles after him, he dropped them one by one to the ground outside the campong.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Von Horn was quite sure now that Virginia Maxon was not within the campong.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The two men who completed the prau's crew followed him into that magnate's campong.

  • Is there not one torch in rich Lakamba's campong to light a guest on his landing?

  • On one occasion, after we had been talking to him late in his campong, he jumped up.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The next morning they anchored about ten o'clock opposite the campong of the rajah.

    Among Malay Pirates G. A. Henty
  • The campong is a little republic in itself, and Ah Sing is the man that runs it.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • They live alone with an old woman in a house outside Lakamba's campong and are greatly respected—or feared, I should say rather.

  • Then the eyes roamed about the campong to rest at last upon the slanting roof of the thatched shed which was its shelter.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • He longed for more, and the open gateway of the campong was a scarce needed invitation to pass to the wide world beyond.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for campong


/ˈkæmpɒŋ; kæmˈpɒŋ/
(in Malaysia) a village
Word Origin
C19: from Malay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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