[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.

1825–35; < Malay sarung, sarong Unabridged
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sarong (səˈrɒŋ)
1.  a draped skirtlike garment worn by men and women in the Malay Archipelago, Sri Lanka, the Pacific islands, etc
2.  a fashionable Western adaptation of this garment
[C19: from Malay, literally: sheath]

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Word Origin & History

"skirt-like garment, the Malay national garment," 1834, from Malay sarung "sheath, covering."
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principal silk, cotton, or synthetic-fabric garment worn in the Malay Archipelago and the Pacific islands. Brightly coloured fabric 4 or 5 yards (up to 4 12 m) long is wrapped around the lower part of the body and tucked in or tied at the waist, forming a draped dress or skirt varying in length from knees to ankles. The most prized sarongs, heavily interwoven with gold thread, come from Batu Bara and Sumatra. The sarong has been worn by both men and women.

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Example sentences
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.
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