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Kenya Syllabification: Ken·ya
Pronunciation: /ˈkenyə/

Definition of Kenya in English:

A country in East Africa, on the Indian Ocean; population 39,002,800 (est. 2009); capital, Nairobi; languages, Swahili (official), English (official), and Kikuyu.

Populated largely by Bantu-speaking peoples, Kenya became a British Crown Colony in 1920. The demands made on land by European settlers led to the Mau Mau rebellion of the 1950s. Kenya became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1963, and a republic was established the following year



Pronunciation: /ˈkēnyən/ /ˈkenyən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • About 80 people were injured in the attack, most of them Kenyans.
  • Between 1964 and 1996 Kenyans won 33 Olympic medals, including nine golds.
  • The Kenyans danced in the middle of the street and sang.

Words that rhyme with Kenya

Mantegna, Sardegna, tenure

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