or cam·pong

[kahm-pawng, -pong, kahm-pawng, -pong]


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
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Contemporary Examples of kampong

Historical Examples of kampong

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for kampong



(in Malaysia) a village

Word Origin for kampong

C19: from Malay
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