Definition of Makonde in English:


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Pronunciation: /məˈkɒndeɪ

noun (plural same or Makondes)

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting southern Tanzania and NE Mozambique.
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    • He saw a photograph of a sculpture by the Makonde of East Africa.
    • Farther north are the Makonde near the coast and the Yao near Lake Malawi.
    • One of the most important events in the life of a Makonde was initiation.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Makonde, with about 1 million speakers.
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    • The existence of a standardized orthography for either Yao or Makonde is unknown to us as of this writing.


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  • Relating to the Makonde or their language.
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    • Nonetheless, in speaking to the world beyond, Makonde carvers employ a language of images grounded in their unique historical experience.
    • These artists came to enjoy privileged status in Makonde society as demand grew within the church for their work.
    • A white-jacketed Makonde waiter brought plates mounded with chicken and rice cooked over a fire.


the name in Makonde.

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