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



    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 Originearly 17th cent.: from Malay gong, gung, of imitative origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gong