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Definition of gong noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gong

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɡɒŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɑːŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ɡɔːŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1a round piece of metal that hangs in a frame and makes a loud deep sound when it is hit with a stick. Gongs are used as musical instruments or to give signals, for example that a meal is ready. to bang/beat/sound a gong the breakfast/dinner gong
  2. 2(British English, informal) an award or medal given to somebody for the work they have done
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Malay gong, gung, of imitative origin.
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