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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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  • The woman wears a flowing skirt of gay colors—bright red, green or white—with a silken saya or sarong of many colors.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • My shoulders feel bound, too, and as to the sarong it is scandalously short.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • The adults, both men and women, wear a sarong (except when the men content themselves with a breech cloth).

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • The sarong is more to the Malay than is the kilt to the Scotchman.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • Most amusing instructions are hung up in the saloon as to the wearing of the sarong and kabaya.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • She was dressed in the native fashion, sarong and kabaya, both of purest white.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • We swallow it hurriedly, wrap a sarong about us, and take a dip in the sea, the while keeping our eyes open for sharks.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • sarong photographed the creature in that overcoat, and spread the picture about the world.

  • His sarong was caught in the broken branch, and he hung with his head under water.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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