Definition of kente in English:


Syllabification: ken·te
Pronunciation: /ˈkentə, -tē


  • 1A brightly colored, banded material made in Ghana.
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    • The men wear hand woven kente cloths draped over the left shoulder, with a ready-made short sleeved shirt underneath.
    • Artists and objects travel between worlds, travel whose earliest documentation may be found in the affinities between African American quilting traditions and west African strip-woven cloth such as kente.
    • For the Asante, the people most closely associated with kente, the cloth shifts from being a marker of class and regional origins to serving as ritual costume, nationalist statement, and marketing device.
  • 1.1A long garment made from kente, worn loosely around the shoulders and waist.
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    • Nigerians wear the boubou, Ghanaians the kente, former president Mobutu Sese Seko of the former Zaire made the safari suit his own.


mid 20th century: from Twi, 'cloth'.

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