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tonga

[ tong-guh ]
/ ˈtɒŋ gə /
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noun
a light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used in India.
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Origin of tonga

First recorded in 1870–75, tonga is from the Hindi word tāṅgā

Other definitions for tonga (2 of 2)

Tonga
[ tong-guh ]
/ ˈtɒŋ gə /

noun
a Polynesian kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the S Pacific, NE of New Zealand: a former British protectorate. About 270 sq. mi. (700 sq. km). Capital: Nukualofa.
Also called Ton·ga Is·lands, Friendly Islands.
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British Dictionary definitions for tonga (1 of 3)

tonga
/ (ˈtɒŋɡə) /

noun
a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India

Word Origin for tonga

C19: from Hindi tāngā

British Dictionary definitions for tonga (2 of 3)

Tonga1
/ (ˈtɒŋɡə, ˈtɒŋə) /

noun
plural -gas or -ga a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family

British Dictionary definitions for tonga (3 of 3)

Tonga2
/ (ˈtɒŋə, ˈtɒŋɡə) /

noun
a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 106 322 (2013 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles)Also called: Friendly Islands
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