ken·​dang ˈken-ˌdäŋ How to pronounce kendang (audio)
plural kendang also kendangs
: any of various double-headed drums of Indonesia and Malaysia
The kendang is always the leading instrument in gamelan orchestras, regulating tempos and cueing transitions.Jan Laurens Hartong, Musical Terms Worldwide, 2006

Word History


borrowed from Javanese kendhang, going back to Old Javanese kəṇḍaŋ "kind of drum"

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kendang was in 1913

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“Kendang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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