\ˈhäŋ, ˈhȯŋ\

Definition of hong 

: a commercial establishment or house of foreign trade in China

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Photo: kim hong-ji/Reuters North Korea, arguably an even more isolated and closed-off society, holds considerable challenges for potential investors. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Companies See Glimmers of Opportunity in North Korea," 23 July 2018 Photo: wu hong/EPA/Shutterstock American depositary receipts for Alibaba, the e-commerce giant, fell 2.7% in New York trading Thursday to a nearly one-year low. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Tech Declines Add to Pressure on Emerging Markets," 7 Sep. 2018 Photo: wu hong/EPA/Shutterstock The meeting took place days after the U.S. slapped steep tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, triggering similar action from China. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "German and Chinese Leaders Hail Rules-Based Trade System, With Eye to U.S.," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of hong

1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hong

Chinese (Guangdong) hòhng, literally, row

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