Definition of kwanza in English:


Syllabification: kwan·za
Pronunciation: /ˈkwänzə

noun (plural same or kwanzas)

  • The basic monetary unit of Angola, equal to 100 lwei.
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    • 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 Swahili word meaning 'first'.

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