tonga

[ tong-guh ]
/ ˈtɒŋ gə /
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noun

a light, two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used in India.

Nearby words

  1. tonetic,
  2. tonetician,
  3. tonetics,
  4. tonette,
  5. tong,
  6. tongan,
  7. tongass national forest,
  8. tonghua,
  9. tongking,
  10. tongman

Origin of tonga

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

Tonga

1
[ 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 Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands.

Tonga

2
[ tong-guh ]
/ ˈtɒŋ gə /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tonga

tonga

/ (ˈtɒŋɡə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for tonga

C19: from Hindi tāngā

Tonga

1
/ (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

Tonga

2
/ (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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