kam·​pong ˈkäm-ˌpȯŋ How to pronounce kampong (audio) ˈkam- How to pronounce kampong (audio)
: 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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Word History



First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kampong was in 1844

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“Kampong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kampong. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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