noun \ˈgäŋ, ˈgŋ\

: a large metal disc that makes a deep ringing sound when it is struck with a padded hammer

: a medal or award

Full Definition of GONG

:  a disk-shaped percussion instrument that produces a resounding tone when struck with a usually padded hammer
a :  a saucer-shaped bell (as in a fire alarm) that is struck by a mechanical hammer
b :  a wire rod wound in a flat spiral for sounding the time or chime or alarm (as in a clock)
British :  medal
gong intransitive verb

Examples of GONG

  1. They sounded a gong to summon us to dinner.

Origin of GONG

Malay & Javanese, of imitative origin
First Known Use: circa 1590

Rhymes with GONG


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