Definition of Luvale in English:

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Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈvälā/

noun (plural same)

1A member of a people living mainly in eastern Angola and western Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
Example sentences
  • In this book, Sangambo traces the ultimate origin of the Luvale to Tanganyika, through Lunda, where marriages connected them to the empire, and then finally to their locations in Zambia.
  • Boris Wastiau, Curator at the Musee Royal de l' Afrique Centrale in Tervuren, grounds his essay in his personal experiences among the Luvale of Zambia.
  • Among the Luvale of Zambia, knowing where to sit and how to sit is among the conventions of conduct that define a person and advance his or her rise in the community.
2The Bantu language of the Luvale, with around 600,000 speakers. Also called Lwena.
Example sentences
  • Other large languages are Tonga, Luvale, Lozi.
  • The main vernacular languages are Bemba, Lozi, Luanda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and Tumbuka.
  • 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.


Relating to the Luvale or their language.
Example sentences
  • Wastiau first examines how the Luvale view what he calls the High God, named Kalunga, and then describes the roles of ancestors and ‘spirits of affliction’ in Luvale cosmology and ritual.
  • Along the way, Chavuma managed to become Luvale territory.
  • Wastiau explains that aspiring to a better seat is an accepted social behavior, an indication of truly ‘sitting well’ within the hierarchy of Luvale society.

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Syllabification: Lu·va·le

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