- (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
1720–30; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) hòhng, equivalent to Chinese háng row of shops
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Examples from the Web for hong
HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard.
Memes that ridiculed political leaders and the Hong Kong Police Force shot through fiber optic cables at light speed.
The past two months have been a war of attrition between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protestors.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
What convinced you to make the trip to Hong Kong to first meet Snowden?
I stayed longer in Hong Kong than Glenn and Ewen, and was hoping to film Snowden one more time where he was hiding out.
I had planned to stop in Hong Kong a month on my way to Europe.Anting-Anting Stories
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.Trade and Travel in the Far East
G. F. Davidson
The games at Hong Kong were interesting and largely attended.Baseball Joe Around the World
- (in China) a factory, warehouse, etc
- (formerly, in Canton) a foreign commercial establishment
C18: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect)
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