Bem·​ba ˈbem-bə How to pronounce Bemba (audio)
plural Bemba or Bembas
: a member of a primarily agricultural Bantu-speaking people of northeastern Zambia
: a Bantu language of the Bemba people

Word History


Bemba, stem of ulúbembá, a self-designation

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bemba was in 1887

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“Bemba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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