gam·​bang ˈgäm-ˌbäŋ How to pronounce gambang (audio)
plural gambangs
: an Indonesian instrument like a xylophone with wooden or bamboo bars that rest on an oblong boxlike wooden resonator
School children often learn basic music on instruments such as a suling, angklung or gambang.Sally Heinrich, Key into Indonesia, 2005

Word History


borrowed from Javanese, going back to Old Javanese gambaŋ

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gambang was in 1845

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“Gambang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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