Definition of Kamba in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkämbə/

noun (plural same, Kambas, or Wakamba /wäˈkämbə/)

1A member of a people of central Kenya, ethnically related to the Kikuyu.
Example sentences
  • The origin of Fundi Mdawalo's craft echoes the better-known story of the origins of commercial woodcarving among the Kamba of Kenya.
  • These designs are not new for the Kamba, given that the ceremonial wooden staff once used in boys' initiation rites was engraved by the elders with designs and signs that the boys and girls had to decipher in a game similar to charades.
  • The poverty of their land ensured that the Kamba remained less affected by European colonisation than the related Kikuyu.
2The Bantu language of the Kamba.
Example sentences
  • We've also moved on to the other languages like Kikuyu, Kamba, Kesee, Luiya, Luiyo - which have not finished.
  • Other ethnic languages include Luo, Kikuyu, Kamba, Luyia, Gusii, and Kalenjin, which are usually spoken at home.
  • Kamba is of the Niger-Congo family of languages spoken by a total of about 2500000 in Kenya.


Relating to the Kamba or their language.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, many pieces of Kamba beadwork, with their perfect alignment of figures, look like puzzles waiting to be deciphered.
  • If one asks a Kamba sculptor (or in Tanzania, a Zaramo one) why he chooses to represent the Maasai and not someone from his own community, there is a short answer and a longer, more complex one.
  • Following Kenyan independence in 1963, the Maasai faced competition for land with Kikuyu and Kamba farmers moving off the highlands as their populations increased.


A local name.

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Syllabification: Kam·ba

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