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[suh-rawng, -rong] /səˈrɔŋ, -ˈrɒŋ/
a loose-fitting skirtlike garment formed by wrapping a strip of cloth around the lower part of the body, worn by both men and women in the Malay Archipelago and certain islands of the Pacific Ocean.
a cloth for such garments.
Origin of sarong
First recorded in 1825-35, sarong is from the Malay word sarung, sarong Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My shoulders feel bound, too, and as to the sarong it is scandalously short.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • His sarong was caught in the broken branch, and he hung with his head under water.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • The sarong is more to the Malay than is the kilt to the Scotchman.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • She was dressed as usual in the Malay-Javanese costume of kabaya and sarong.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • The sarong is the gay colored, typical garment of the Malay.

    A History of the Philippines David P. Barrows
  • I have been trying to buy a few things—a sarong, which is a putso which is a dhoti; a pipe; and a "damned Malayan kris."

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • sarong photographed the creature in that overcoat, and spread the picture about the world.

  • She was dressed in the native fashion, sarong and kabaya, both of purest white.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Clothing is entirely vegetable, and the Malay sarong is found throughout the east; bark-cloth in the south-east and west.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
British Dictionary definitions for sarong


a draped skirtlike garment worn by men and women in the Malay Archipelago, Sri Lanka, the Pacific islands, etc
a fashionable Western adaptation of this garment
Word Origin
C19: from Malay, literally: sheath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sarong

skirt-like garment, the Malay national garment, 1834, from Malay sarung "sheath, covering." OED traces it to "some mod. form of Skr. saranga "variegated."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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