[suh-rawng, -rong]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sarong

petticoat, dress, kilt, hoop, mini, dirndl, pannier, midi, culottes, tutu

Examples from the Web for sarong

Contemporary Examples of sarong

Historical Examples of sarong

  • 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



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 for sarong

C19: from Malay, literally: sheath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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