There are 2 main definitions of tanga in English:


Syllabification: tan·ga
Pronunciation: /ˈtaNGɡə
(also tanga briefs)


A pair of briefs consisting of small panels connected by strings at the sides.
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  • Eyewitnesses claim to have seen ‘a beautiful woman with wild golden-streaked chestnut-colored hair wearing a golden tanga with little silver stars embroidered beneath the waistband.’
  • According to the latter, if you want to do it the Brazilian way, guys should be sporting nothing but a sunga, a tiny piece of square Lycra, and ladies need to invest in a tanga, a minuscule bikini.
  • This marvellous creation is worked in precious two-tone variegated lace, and is accompanied by a tanga panty and a push-up bra with latticed straps.


early 20th century (denoting a loincloth worn by indigenous peoples in tropical America): from Portuguese, ultimately of Bantu origin. The current sense dates from the 1970s.

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There are 2 main definitions of tanga in English:


Syllabification: Tan·ga
Pronunciation: /ˈtaNGɡə, ˈtäNG-
One of the principal ports in Tanzania, situated in the northeastern part of the country, on the Indian Ocean; population 240,000 (est. 2009).

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