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[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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  • We go from kampong to kampong to find Massa, but no see him.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • There are suggestions of a perkara with a woman, in the kampong, of jealousy.

  • When we go out alone, we always stop and pay a visit to some of the kampong houses.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • They are beginning to grow vegetables on a large scale, even in the kampong, around the Malay camp.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • Next to it is the kampong Perambat, from the casting net which its inhabitants use in fishing.

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher
  • And just so the sunset itself, that wicked night at the Malay kampong, had glowered redly.


    George Allan England
  • I asked, bestowing on him the title the Malays of kampong Glam had given him as a perpetual reminder of his famous adventure.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • Almost every day after that did we visit the kampong, and were always welcomed in the same cordial manner.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • There they stood, mystified at seeing white men in the village kampong.

British Dictionary definitions for kampong


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