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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. 2017.
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  • About the campong lay four who had felt the full force of his heavy fist, while not one but bore some mark of the battle.

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

  • Bududreen and another were racing madly toward the jungle beyond the campong.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • On one occasion, after we had been talking to him late in his campong, he jumped up.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The Dyak campong, which terminated our progress up the stream, consists of three moderately long houses inhabited by Sibnowans.

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

  • Close at hand is the campong, or Chinese town, with its quaint shops and busy market-place.

    A Visit to Java W. Basil Worsfold
  • As Number Thirteen came into the campong after quitting the bungalow his heart was a chaos of conflicting emotions.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • 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
  • To leave them here in the campong would mean the immediate death of Professor Maxon and the Chinaman.

    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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