Definition of Kongo in English:


Syllabification: Kon·go
Pronunciation: /ˈkäNGɡō

noun (plural same or Kongos)

1A member of an indigenous people inhabiting the region of the Congo River in west central Africa.
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  • Fighting between the tribes weakened them as a group, including the Kongo.
  • In 1703, at the age of twenty-two, Beatrice sought to restore the grandeur of the Kongo.
  • Battles for succession harrowed the Kongo; eight kings ruled in the period between 1614 and 1641.
2The Bantu language of the Kongo; Kikongo.
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  • Portuguese is the official language, although 95 percent of Angolans speak Ovimbundu, Mbundu, Kongo, Chokwe, and other languages.
  • The cadaver or spirit of a deceased person is called ‘zumbi’ in the Bonda language, ‘ndzumbi’ in Gabon, and ‘nzambi’ in Kongo.
  • The Congo area is thought to have been uninhabited before the 15th century when Pygmies moved into the area from the north and Kongo people from the east.


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Relating to the Kongo or their language.
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  • The Bakongo are a blend of peoples who assimilated the Kongo culture and language over time.
  • The primary emblem of this movement was Saint Anthony of Padua, a Portuguese-born saint associated with the protection of children and mothers and conceived as the source of Kongo salvation.
  • Through what channels and in what company these Kongo elements arrived on American shores is a welcome question for later speculation, and Dr. Bettelheim has boldly taken up the gauntlet.


the name in Kikongo.

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