ton·​ga ˈtäŋ-gə How to pronounce tonga (audio)
: a light 2-wheeled vehicle for two or four persons drawn by one horse and common in India

Word History


Hindi & Urdu tāṅgā

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tonga was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Tonga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ton·​ga ˈtäŋ-gə How to pronounce Tonga (audio)
islands in the southwestern Pacific east of Fiji

Note: The Tonga Islands comprise a kingdom in the Commonwealth of Nations; capital Nuku'alofa area 288 square miles (747 square kilometers), population 106,400

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