Lin·​ga·​la liŋ-ˈgä-lə How to pronounce Lingala (audio)
: a Bantu language widely used in trade and public affairs in the Congo River area

Examples of Lingala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And when new bonobos are born at the zoo nowadays, their names are in one of three languages spoken in the Congo: Swahili, Lingala or French. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lingala was in 1922

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“Lingala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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