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.

Main definitions of parang in English

: parang1parang2

parang2

noun

  • A variety of Trinidadian folk music, traditionally played at Christmas by groups that travel from house to house.

    • ‘Sung in Spanish, parang is as Trinidadian as calypso.’
    • ‘Arabic, Yoruba, Bhojpuri, Urdu and other languages are used in religious contexts, and the traditional Christmas music called parang is sung in Spanish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His son Antonio also joins him in the band, which opted for house parang this year.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Spanish Creole, based on Spanish parranda spree, binge.