Meaning of ronggeng in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɒŋɡɛŋ/


(also rongeng)
  • 1In Malaysia: a dancing girl; a female professional dancer who performs with a ronggeng troupe.

  • 2A form of Malaysian popular dancing, often accompanied by singing.

    In a typical form of the entertainment, a professional female dancer and a non-professional male dancer (e.g. a guest at a wedding) re-enact the flirtaciousness and pursuit of lovers.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Stamford Raffles (1781–1826), colonial governor and founder of Singapore. From Malay ronggeng dancing girl, professional dancer, a form of dancing, probably from Javanese.