Bemba

noun
Bem·​ba | \ ˈbem-bə How to pronounce Bemba (audio) \
plural Bemba or Bembas

Definition of Bemba

1 : a member of a primarily agricultural Bantu-speaking people of northeastern Zambia
2 : a Bantu language of the Bemba people

First Known Use of Bemba

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Bemba

Bemba, stem of ulúbembá, a self-designation

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The first known use of Bemba was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Bemba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bemba. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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