Kon·​go ˈkäŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce Kongo (audio)
plural Kongo or Kongos
: a member of a Bantu people of the lower Congo River
: the Bantu language of the Kongo people

Examples of Kongo in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kongo was circa 1902

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“Kongo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kongo. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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