Definition of kwanza in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwanzə/

noun (plural same or kwanzas)

The basic monetary unit of Angola, equal to 100 lwei.
Example sentences
  • In contrast, the Angolan kwanza and the Nigerian naira have depreciated against the US dollar over the period which may have protected their competitiveness.
  • The private weekly papers are difficult to come by outside of Luanda; in any case, a third of Angolan adults cannot read, and few can afford papers that sell on the street for 120 kwanzas.
  • On every street corner, gangs of female money changers wave fat wads of kwanzas in the air, the fluctuating exchange rate testimony to the vagaries of the war economy.


Perhaps from a Kiswahili word meaning 'first'.

Words that rhyme with kwanza

bonanza, Braganza, Constanza, extravaganza, organza, Panzer, stanza

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