ton·​ga | \ ˈtäŋ-gə How to pronounce tonga (audio) \

Definition of tonga

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light 2-wheeled vehicle for two or four persons drawn by one horse and common in India


geographical name
Ton·​ga | \ ˈtäŋ-gə How to pronounce Tonga (audio) , ˈtäŋ-ə, ˈtȯŋ-ä \

Definition of Tonga (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of tonga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tonga is an archipelago located between New Zealand and Hawaii and is home to about 100,000 people. Nick Perry, The Seattle Times, 25 Aug. 2017 Tonga is an archipelago located between New Zealand and Hawaii and is home to about 100,000 people. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2017 The kitchen's contemporary feel made it a great spot to display von Stockhausen's modern artworks and objects, like the portrait of her husband's hawk, Minty, and their African Tonga winnowing baskets. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, 28 July 2015 Urvi Patel will have left for Tonga to work as an English language facilitator before Congress approves the final budget this year. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of tonga


1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tonga


Hindi & Urdu tāṅgā

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“Tonga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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