kwa·​cha | \ ˈkwä-chə How to pronounce kwacha (audio) \
plural kwachas or kwacha

Definition of kwacha

the basic monetary unit of Malawi and Zambia — see Money Table

Examples of kwacha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctors are still waiting for a CT scan; the test was delayed because the family couldn’t afford the 900 kwacha ($66) fee, McDonald says, and had to wait several days for a subsidy to be granted by social workers. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 Under a new executive order that came into effect in March, owners of domestic boreholes are for the first time required to pay a one-off fee of 250 kwacha ($25) to have their well licensed. Danstan Kaunda, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing prolonged droughts, Zambia regulates groundwater use," 16 May 2018 Failure to register a borehole can result in a maximum fine of 30,000 kwacha ($3,000) or imprisonment for up to 12 months, according to the new rules. Danstan Kaunda, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing prolonged droughts, Zambia regulates groundwater use," 16 May 2018 On Monday, the kwacha weakened 1 percent against the dollar, the most globally, to its lowest level in almost six weeks. Paul Wallace,, "IMF Deadlock Makes Zambia's Bonds the Worst in Emerging Markets," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of kwacha

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kwacha

Bemba or Chichewa (Bantu language of Malawi), literally, it dawns

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“Kwacha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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