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noun (1)

ˈdȯŋ How to pronounce dong (audio)
usually vulgar
: penis


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noun (2)

plural dong
: the basic monetary unit of Vietnam see Money Table

Examples of dong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
In total, Zhang is accused of stealing three million Vietnamese dong (roughly $123 USD) from one passenger and 510 million Vietnamese dong (roughly $20,950) from another passenger’s backpack, along with a separate 50-dollar note in Singapore cash (worth roughly $38 USD). Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2023 Bitsy won’t drop it and sends Carrie a photo of Marlon’s dong as Steinem gives a dignified speech. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 6 July 2023 Perhaps the world’s greatest currency, the Swissie, and the pathetic Vietnamese dong. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Dec. 2020 Let Simon Rex hang his fake dong in the Louvre. Vulture, 21 Mar. 2022 In Vietnam, the situation is even worse, with average wages down 388,896 Vietnamese dong (USD$16.85), or about 7% in 2020. Michael Posner, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The dong was little changed at 23,175 per dollar. Michelle Jamrisko,, 28 Aug. 2020 The dong’s reference rate was set by the central bank at 23,213 per dollar Thursday, and the currency traded at 23,184 per dollar as of 10:15 a.m. in Hanoi, unchanged from Wednesday, according to data from commercial banks compiled by Bloomberg. Jenny Leonard,, 30 Sep. 2020 The dong had fallen for nine straight days to a 29-year low. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Vietnamese đŏng

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dong was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Dong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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