Definitions

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

  • n. A short, heavy, straight-edged knife used in Malaysia and Indonesia as a tool and weapon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short, heavy, straight-edged knife used in Malaysia and Indonesia as a tool and weapon.
  • n. A style of music originating from Trinidad and Tobago.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stout strait-edged knife used in Malayasia and Indonesia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large heavy knife used by the Malays.

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

  • n. a stout straight knife used in Malaysia and Indonesia

Etymologies

Malay.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay parang. (Wiktionary)
Spanish parranda ("merry-making or a group of serenaders"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "'That's a verra wicked slash,' Jamie said, eyes on Mr. Willoughby's work. I preferred not to look, myself. 'A parang, was it, or a cutlass, I wonder.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 852

    January 17, 2010