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Tonga

Ton·ga

 (tŏng′gə)
A country in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of Fiji comprising about 150 islands, some 36 of which are inhabited. Long inhabited by Polynesians, the islands were sighted by the Dutch in 1616 and visited by the British navigator Capt. James Cook, who named them "The Friendly Islands" in the late 1700s. It became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1970. Nuku'alofa is the capital and the largest city.

tonga

(ˈtɒŋɡə)
n
a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India
[C19: from Hindi tāngā]

Tonga

(ˈtɒŋɡə; ˈtɒŋə)
npl -gas or -ga
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family

Tonga

(ˈtɒŋə; ˈtɒŋɡə)
n
(Placename) a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 106 322 (2013 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles). Also called: Friendly Islands

ton•ga

(ˈtɒŋ gə)

n., pl. -gas.
(in S Asia) a light two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle.
[1870–75; < Hindi tāṅgā]

Ton•ga

(ˈtɒŋ gə)

n.
a kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the SW Pacific, E of Fiji: a former British protectorate. 109,082; 289 sq. mi. (748 sq. km). Cap.: Nukualofa. Also called Ton′ga Is′lands, Friendly Islands.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tonga - a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South PacificTonga - a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
Tongan - a Polynesian native or inhabitant of Tonga
2.tonga - the language of the Tongan people of south central Africa (Zambia and Rhodesia)Tonga - the language of the Tongan people of south central Africa (Zambia and Rhodesia)
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
Translations
Tonga
Tonga
Tonga
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トンガ
통가
Tonga
สาธารณรัฐตองกา
Vương quốc Tonga

Tonga

[ˈtɒŋə] NTonga f

Tonga

[ˈtɒŋə ˈtɒŋgə] nîles fpl Tonga

tonga

تُونْـجا Tonga Tonga Tonga Τόνγκα Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga トンガ 통가 Tonga Tonga Tonga Reino de Tonga Тонга Tonga สาธารณรัฐตองกา Tonga Vương quốc Tonga 汤加王国
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It was that little hell- hound Tonga who shot one of his cursed darts into him.
I'd have half killed Tonga for it if he had not scrambled off.
Without demur and without question, fast as tonga could fly or pony gallop, back to their Regiments and their Batteries, as though they were hastening to their weddings, fled the subalterns.
Six in the morning saw Bobby at the Tonga Office in the drenching rain, the whirl of the last waltz still in his ears, and an intoxication due neither to wine nor waltzing in his brain.
I melted the last of my silver spoon- -South Sea cotton, an' it please you, cacao in Tonga, rubber and mahogany in Yucatan.
NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an additional $18.28 million grant for an ongoing ADB project to fund priority urban infrastructure in Tonga and help improve the country's climate and disaster resilience efforts.
"As we looked at our Systems strategy, TCC required a true end-to-end manager of all our customer transactions," said Timote Katoanga, CEO Tonga Communications Corporation.
Tonga is a tiny Polynesian country located in the South Pacific and is prone to frequent earthquakes.
Mobile networks and broadband access services for business and consumer customers operated by Digicel Tonga were rapidly restored across the Polynesian archipelago by SES Networks' managed services following a severe fibre outage last week, the company said.
But Tonga, beaten on all eight previous encounters against Wales, responded impressively through tries for locks Leva Fifita and Steve Mafi, before Saracens number eight Sione Vailanu powered over from close range.
Tonga have excelled under Toutai Kefu's coaching, producing impressive wins this year over Fiji and Samoa to climb as high as 12th in the world.
Tonga, beaten on all eight previous encounters against Wales, gave the hosts a scare by wiping out an 18-point lead.