ang·​klung ˈäŋ-ˌklüŋ How to pronounce angklung (audio)
variants or less commonly anklung or anklong
plural angklungs also anklungs or anklongs
: a percussion instrument of Indonesia and Malaysia consisting of a frame holding vertical bamboo tubes of different lengths and pitches which are struck with mallets or shaken

Word History


borrowed from Javanese or Sundanese angklung (phonetically aŋkluŋ); ankloung borrowed from French, borrowed from Dutch ankloeng, borrowed from Javanese or Sundanese

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of angklung was in 1820

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“Angklung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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