Definitions

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

  • n. A garment consisting of a length of printed cloth wrapped about the waist that is worn by men and women in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Pacific islands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A garment made of a length of printed cloth wrapped about the waist that is commonly worn by men and women in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and the Pacific islands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sort of petticoat worn by both sexes in Java and the Malay Archipelago.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garment used in the Indian archipelago, consisting of a piece of cloth which envelops the lower part of the body: worn by both sexes.
  • n. Hence The cotton cloth generally used for this garment, especially the printed cotton imported from Europe, to which the name has been given as a trade designation.

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

  • n. a loose skirt consisting of brightly colored fabric wrapped around the body; worn by both women and men in the South Pacific

Etymologies

Malay (kain) sarong, covering (cloth), sarong.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay sarung. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Alternative spelling sarung as in the original Malay. I don't like the reference to South Pacific as sarong is definitely of Southeast Asian origin. Polynesians probably have their own traditional words for the equivalent garment. Also there is no particular requirement that sarongs be brightly coloured and I have a few myself that clearly aren't. 'Often brightly coloured' I could live with.
    cheers,
    B

    November 14, 2007