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[kou-loon] /ˈkaʊˈlun/
noun, Older Spelling.
a peninsula in SE China, opposite Hong Kong island: a part of the Hong Kong colony. 3 sq. mi. (7.8 sq. km).
a seaport on this peninsula.
Also called Jiulong. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Kowloon
Contemporary Examples
  • There are two points of view on Hong Kong hotelling—those that prefer Kowloon and those that prefer Hong Kong Island.

    Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt January 16, 2010
  • By day you'll be coerced to hike "the Peak" (I like the tram, thank you) for a quiet view of Kowloon.

    Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt January 16, 2010
Historical Examples
  • The station was thronged with people waiting for the Kowloon express.

    Wanderings in the Orient Albert M. Reese
  • Across the harbour lay the British mainland possession, Kowloon, to which we paid an amusing visit.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • First-, second- and third-class cars are used on the railway line running from Kowloon to Canton.

  • As they got closer to downtown Kowloon, however, Chinese predominated, with only a sprinkling of what were evidently Englishmen.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • He drove them to the Kowloon ferry, but suggested that they take a walla-walla in view of their disreputable appearance.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • The city retains its former name, Kowloon, but its business facilities are all under English management.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • As the steamer comes to rest on the mainland side at Kowloon Wharf we must take a ferry over to the city.

  • This addition to Hong Kong is called Kowloon, and it has residential districts that range well into the hinterland.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
British Dictionary definitions for Kowloon


a peninsula of SE China, opposite Hong Kong Island: part of the former British colony of Hong Kong. Area: 10 sq km (3.75 sq miles)
a port in Hong Kong, on Kowloon Peninsula. Pop: 2 019 533 (2006 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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