Definition of sarong in English:



  • A garment consisting of a long piece of cloth worn wrapped round the body and tucked at the waist or under the armpits, traditionally worn in SE Asia and now also by women in the West.

    • ‘Both Indonesian American men and women wear sarongs, traditional Indonesian garments with batik designs.’
    • ‘I quickly changed and wrapped my sarong around my waist and headed back out to the deck where everyone else was.’
    • ‘A few metres along, the group of young Spanish mothers are putting on clothes, shaking out sarongs, and collecting sunglasses and children.’
    • ‘Men and women also commonly wear sarongs (a skirtlike garment) in public.’
    • ‘Batik-inspired designs are often produced in factories on shirts, sarongs, table cloths, or dresses forming an iconic Malaysian aesthetic.’
    • ‘The company offered rectangular versions of the scarves for use as sarongs, as well as fringed piece goods in a variety of fibers.’
    • ‘The sarong is the national garment of Malayia, though not restricted to that area.’
    • ‘Not expecting visitors, she simply ties a sarong around her waist.’
    • ‘Down by the beach, a skinny man wearing nothing but John Lennon glasses and a bright yellow sarong was dancing around pieces of paper he had displayed on the grass verge.’
    • ‘Malay men wear baju Melayu, long-sleeved shirts over an ankle-length sarong or pants.’
    • ‘I tie mine round my waist as a makeshift sarong and slip it round my shoulders to cover sunburn.’
    • ‘The traditional clothing of the Sinhalese is the sarama, a type of sarong (a wrapped garment).’
    • ‘Around the house, men wear shorts and a tank top, or a sarong (a skirtlike garment).’
    • ‘Men and married women wear a loose tunic over a wrapped sarong.’
    • ‘I can wear the sarong over the bathing suit and go out at night and the t-shirt over a pair of jeans.’
    • ‘Never underestimate the versatility of a sarong.’
    • ‘She wore a bikini with a sarong tied around her waist.’
    • ‘The young women simply wrapped the sarongs around their waists.’
    • ‘When you're not lounging on a chaise or going for a dip in just your swimsuit, drape a pretty sarong around your hips, island style.’
    • ‘Other must-pack items include a sarong and gauzy shirts; both are compact and go the distance.’


Mid 19th century: Malay, literally ‘sheath’.