from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, broad, leaf-shaped knife used as both a weapon and tool by the Moros of the Philippines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of cutting weapon similar to a cleaver, with a thick back and thin razorlike edge, used by the Moros of the Philippine Islands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large, broad-bladed knife or cleaver used by the Moros of the southern Philippine Islands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a knife resembling a cleaver; used in the Philippines


Maranao (Austronesian language of the southern Philippines); akin to Malay parang, parang.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • You know how often men of our band have been captured by the white men of the north to lie in prisons there, where death comes so slowly that a 'barong' blow would be paradise.

    Anting-Anting Stories And other Strange Tales of the Filipinos

  • Some Filipino men wear barongs also called barong Tagalogs, which are loose shirts worn outside the trousers; foreigners shouldn’t wear them.


  • Video monitors in the galleries, meanwhile, will display scenes of a boar barong dance, a cremation ceremony, street processions, shadow puppetry, bare-chested men chanting around a fire.

    Island Art, and All That Comes With It

  • On the day I visit, dozens of El Shaddai officials were busily auctioning barong tagalogs (traditional Filipino dress shirts) once worn by Mr. Velarde.

    Preacher Power

  • Long sleeves and no pockets at all, and you may well be in a Philippine barong tagalog.

    Tropical And Topical

  • My wife then girlfriend gave me a barong as a gift for my birthday one year.

    Birthday Steel

  • Marcos was almost always dressed in black trousers and a cool white barong shirt.

    Turmoil and Triumph

  • It was answered by a tanned, reedy, sandy-haired man in his mid-twenties wearing a wrinkled pair of tropical-weight trousers, sandals, a light blue barong — the Filipino shirt that looked like a guayabera and was favored by many Americans in Vietnam — and a. 45-caliber automatic.

    Rogue Warrior

  • Philippine boats are provided, would serve to keep it from actually sinking, and the occupants, being up to their chins in water, could easily be despatched with the _barong_, thus economizing ammunition; and he added, 'My rifle makes but a small hole in one side of a canoe, senor, while yours would make a much larger one, and the ball would go clear through.'

    A Woman's Journey through the Philippines On a Cable Ship that Linked Together the Strange Lands Seen En Route

  • Human life is cheap among the Moros, and the inconvenience of that life standing between them and what they want is soon remedied by a _barong_, unless fear of punishment, prompt and pitiless, stares them in the face.

    A Woman's Journey through the Philippines On a Cable Ship that Linked Together the Strange Lands Seen En Route


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