Definition of Ovambo in English:


Syllabification: Ov·am·bo
Pronunciation: /ōˈvambō

noun (plural same or Ovambos)

  • 1A member of a people of northern Namibia.
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    • The removal of the eyes was common to the Ovambos.
  • 2The Bantu language of the Ovambo.


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  • Relating to the Ovambo or their language.
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    • McKittrick examines how Christianity, colonial rule, and wage labor in Namibia reduced young Ovambo men's dependence on their fathers and allowed them to promote competing notions of masculinity.
    • Therefore it is a thorn in their sides when members of the Ovambo people are given land in their former settlement area.
    • As for the Ovambo and Herero traditions, you will hear from the scholars very soon in detail.


a local name, from ova- (prefix denoting a plural) + ambo 'man of leisure'.

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