ag·​ba·​da | \ ag-ˈbä-də How to pronounce agbada (audio) \
plural agbadas

Definition of agbada

: a loose-fitting robe worn by men in Nigeria His form is elegantly cloaked in a flowing agbada, and each frame records a subtle shift in facial expression, from serious thoughtfulness to a broad and engaging smile.— Alisa LaGamma, African Arts, Autumn 1998

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First Known Use of agbada

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agbada

borrowed from Yoruba agbádá

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“Agbada.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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