Share this entry

Share this page

indaba

Line breaks: in¦daba
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɑːbə
 
/

Definition of indaba in English:

noun

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.

Origin

Xhosa and Zulu, 'discussion'.

Words that rhyme with indaba

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

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on indaba

Nearby words


Translate indaba

into Spanish
Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure