Main definitions of parang in English

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parang1

noun

  • A Malayan machete.

    • ‘And it's hard hacking them into pieces with blunt knifes, or even blunt parangs.’
    • ‘Cotton has now replaced the material previously made from beaten palm fibre and they have always needed some iron for parangs (sword-like machetes) and cooking pots.’

Origin

Malay.

Pronunciation:

parang

/ˈparaŋ//ˈpɑːraŋ/

Main definitions of parang in English

: parang1parang2

parang2

noun

  • [mass noun] A variety of Trinidadian folk music, traditionally played at Christmas by groups which travel from house to house.

    • ‘Sung in Spanish, parang is as Trinidadian as calypso.’
    • ‘In spite of Trinidad's proximity to South America, Latin music - with the exception of the native parang - hasn't enjoyed widespread popularity in the country since the 1960s.’
    • ‘Arabic, Yoruba, Bhojpuri, Urdu and other languages are used in religious contexts, and the traditional Christmas music called parang is sung in Spanish.’
    • ‘There was traditional Christmas carol singing by individuals and choirs, parang, gospel dance and Latin dance by members and invited friends of the police service.’
    • ‘His son Antonio also joins him in the band, which opted for house parang this year.’

Origin

Spanish creole, based on Spanish parranda spree, binge.

Pronunciation:

parang

/paˈraŋ/