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[suh-rawng, -rong]
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  1. 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.
  2. a cloth for such garments.
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Origin of sarong

First recorded in 1825–35, sarong is from the Malay word sarung, sarong
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for sarong


  1. a draped skirtlike garment worn by men and women in the Malay Archipelago, Sri Lanka, the Pacific islands, etc
  2. a fashionable Western adaptation of this garment
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Word Origin

C19: from Malay, literally: sheath
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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."

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