Lingala

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lingala was in 1922

Dictionary Entries Near Lingala

Cite this Entry

“Lingala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lingala. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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