Definition of Kongo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäNGɡō/

noun (plural same or Kongos)

1A member of an indigenous people inhabiting the region of the Congo River in west central Africa.
Example sentences
  • Fighting between the tribes weakened them as a group, including the Kongo.
  • In 1703, at the age of twenty-two, Beatrice sought to restore the grandeur of the Kongo.
  • Battles for succession harrowed the Kongo; eight kings ruled in the period between 1614 and 1641.
2The Bantu language of the Kongo; Kikongo.
Example sentences
  • Portuguese is the official language, although 95 percent of Angolans speak Ovimbundu, Mbundu, Kongo, Chokwe, and other languages.
  • The cadaver or spirit of a deceased person is called ‘zumbi’ in the Bonda language, ‘ndzumbi’ in Gabon, and ‘nzambi’ in Kongo.
  • The Congo area is thought to have been uninhabited before the 15th century when Pygmies moved into the area from the north and Kongo people from the east.


Relating to the Kongo or their language.
Example sentences
  • The Bakongo are a blend of peoples who assimilated the Kongo culture and language over time.
  • The primary emblem of this movement was Saint Anthony of Padua, a Portuguese-born saint associated with the protection of children and mothers and conceived as the source of Kongo salvation.
  • Through what channels and in what company these Kongo elements arrived on American shores is a welcome question for later speculation, and Dr. Bettelheim has boldly taken up the gauntlet.


The name in Kikongo.

Words that rhyme with Kongo

bongo, Congo, drongo, pongo

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Syllabification: Kon·go

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