Hong Kong

geographical name
\ ˈhäŋ-ˌkäŋ How to pronounce Hong Kong (audio) , -ˈkäŋ; ˈhȯŋ-ˌkȯŋ, -ˈkȯŋ\
variants: or Chinese Xianggang or Hsiang Kang \ ˈshyäŋ-​ˌgäŋ How to pronounce Hsiang Kang (audio) \

Definition of Hong Kong

special administrative region of China on the southeast coast east of the mouth of the Zhu River where it empties into the South China Sea; includes Hong Kong Island (area 29 square miles, or 75 square kilometers) , Jiulong Peninsula, the New Territories, and nearby islands; formerly a British crown colony with Victoria as its capital area 424 square miles (1098 square kilometers), population 7,071,576

Other Words from Hong Kong

Hong Konger noun

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