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

Word History


borrowed from Yoruba agbádá

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agbada was in 1863

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“Agbada.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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