Definition of indaba in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɑːbə/


South African
1A discussion or conference.
Example sentences
  • Again in two national indabas in Johannesburg, stakeholders admitted that the Boxing Act of 1954 needed to be revamped.
  • These members served on the committee which facilitated two national boxing indabas held in Johannesburg this year.
  • We need to find ways in which we engage the hoi polloi, the so-called masses, in public discourse through indabas, town hall forums, so that no one feels marginalised… their point of view matters, it counts.
2 informal One’s own problem or concern: this country is our indaba and no one else’s
More example sentences
  • If we fail to shake off the vestiges of colonialism this is our own indaba, not the dead colonialists' as far as I am concerned.


Xhosa and Zulu, 'discussion'.

Words that rhyme with indaba

Annaba, arbor, arbour, barber, Barbour, harbour (US harbor), Kaaba, Lualaba, Pearl Harbor, Saba, Sabah, Shaba

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