ken·​dang | \ ˈken-ˌdäŋ How to pronounce kendang (audio) \
plural kendang also kendangs

Definition of kendang

: 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

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First Known Use of kendang

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kendang

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

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“Kendang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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