Definition of Lunda in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlo͝ondə/ /ˈlo͞on-/

noun (plural same or Balunda /bəˈlo͝ondə/ // /-ˈlo͞on-/ or Lundas)

1A member of any of several peoples living mainly in northern Zambia and adjoining parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Angola. From the 16th to 19th centuries, they established a substantial empire in the region.
Example sentences
  • Whenever the Lundas held their ceremony, the Luvales would not be anywhere near the event, and like the Luvales when the Lundas were observing theirs; all this to avoid the risk of fighting.
  • And true to the words in the song, Lundas are a people who are proud of their rich cultural heritage which they have preserved in song, forklore and traditional ceremonies.
  • His successor Frederick Chiluba was only a fluent Bemba speaker but is in fact a Lunda from Luapula Province.
2Any of several Bantu languages of the Lunda, especially one spoken mainly in northwestern Zambia.
Example sentences
  • Chisemwa Cha Lunda ceremony is held annually to accord Lunda speaking people a chance to display their cultural heritage.
  • The papers - Imbila, a Bemba production, Ngoma in Lunda, Luvale and Kaonde, Intanda in Tonga, Lukanga in Lenje and Liseli in Lozi and Tsopano in Nyanja - should help fill the information gap in rural areas.
  • The local names are Mpulumba in Bemba and Lunda, Pulumba in Luvale and Ipumbulu in Tabwa.


Relating to the Lunda or their language.
Example sentences
  • In this version, Lunda began when a wandering hunter from Luba named Cibinda Ilunga met and eventually married Lweji, a Lunda princess, and they in turn founded the great empire.
  • The government has begun a second phase of the operation, concentrating on the two Lunda provinces, north and south, Malanje and Kwanza South.
  • The Lunda ruler, unwilling to clarify the situation, sent his daughter Lweji to rule Chavuma.


A local name.

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Syllabification: Lun·da

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