Main definitions of tonga in English

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tonga1

noun

  • A light horse-drawn two-wheeled vehicle used in India.

    ‘A horse-drawn tonga keeps stately pace with the latest Mercedes, jostled by cycles and bikes.’
    • ‘From there you take a bone-shaking bumpy ride in a tonga to Bisola.’
    • ‘There are people astride camels and horses, and some ensconced within tongas and bullock carts for fun-filled rides.’
    • ‘Once the tonga was the most cherished vehicle of the city's elite and the common people alike.’
    • ‘When he lived in Lahore, he wore the latest suits and drove the finest tongas.’

Pronunciation

tonga

/ˈtäNGɡə/ /ˈtɑŋɡə/

Origin

From Hindi tā̃̄gā.

Main definitions of Tonga in English

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Tonga2

proper noun

  • A country in the South Pacific consisting of an island group southeast of Fiji; population 106,000 (estimated 2015); official languages, Tongan and English; capital, Nuku'alofa.

    Also called the Friendly Islands

The kingdom of Tonga consists of about 170 volcanic and coral islands, of which 36 are inhabited. Visited by the Dutch in the early 17th century, Tonga became a British protectorate in 1900 and an independent Commonwealth of Nations state in 1970. It has been a constitutional monarchy since 1875

Pronunciation

Tonga

/ˈtäNGɡə/ /ˈtɑŋɡə/

Main definitions of Tonga in English

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Tonga3

nounplural noun Tonga, plural noun Tongas

  • 1A member of any of three peoples of southern Africa, living mainly in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique respectively.

  • 2Any of the three different Bantu languages spoken by the Tonga.

Pronunciation

Tonga

/ˈtäNGɡə/ /ˈtɑŋɡə/

adjective

  • Relating to the Tonga or their languages.

Pronunciation

Tonga

/ˈtäNGɡə/ /ˈtɑŋɡə/