kam·​pong | \ ˈkäm-ˌpȯŋ How to pronounce kampong (audio) , ˈkam- How to pronounce kampong (audio) \

Definition of kampong

: a hamlet or village in a Malay-speaking country

Examples of kampong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a cooking and dining adventure takes place in a Malay kampong house on Pulau Ubin, 10 minutes’ away by boat from Singapore. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Mar. 2018 Pangkor's east coast is spangled by stilt houses in old-fashioned kampong villages, where fishing and boat-building are still the main occupations. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 11 May 2017 The kampong has long since disappeared, and the coast has changed beyond recognition. Samanth Subramanian, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of kampong

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Kampong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kampong. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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