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[hong] /hɒŋ/
(in China) a group of rooms or buildings forming a warehouse, factory, etc.
one of the factories under foreign ownership formerly maintained at Canton.
Origin of hong
dialectal Chinese
1720-30; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) hòhng, equivalent to Chinese háng row of shops Unabridged
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  • I had planned to stop in hong Kong a month on my way to Europe.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • Thus it was not until the 25th, and after hard steaming, that we reached hong Kong.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • A hong Kong hotel is not a place for a person predisposed to irritability.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Of the climate of hong Kong, I have little that is favourable to report.

  • The games at hong Kong were interesting and largely attended.

British Dictionary definitions for hong


(in China) a factory, warehouse, etc
(formerly, in Canton) a foreign commercial establishment
Word Origin
C18: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect)
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