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[suh-rawng, -rong] /səˈrɔŋ, -ˈrɒŋ/
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
1825-35; < Malay sarung, sarong Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sarong
  • My sarong, freshly laundered, sports a lingering fragrance of sandalwood.
  • Pack clothing that does double-duty: a sarong can be a skirt and beach cover-up.
  • Throw in a simple cover-up dress or sarong, along with a medium-sized beach bag for souvenirs and other belongings.
  • If you plan to go inside, wear clothing that covers your shoulders and legs or request a sarong at the reception desk.
  • To get the look, try a tankini with an attractive cover-up maxi dress or embroidered sarong.
  • Visitors with exposed legs are offered a sarong at the entrance.
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
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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