Definition of Igbo in English:
noun (plural same or Igbos)
1A member of a people of SE Nigeria.
- He states flat out that the Hausas hated the Igbos and that this was responsible for their massacre of the Igbos in northern Nigeria in the summer of 1966.
- The impact of Western ways has been furthered by the increased immigration of southern Nigerians, such as Igbos and Yorubas, who typically have had greater exposure to the Western world.
- The Africans began to see themselves not as Hausas, Igbos, or Yorubas, but as Nigerians in a common struggle against their colonial rulers.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Igbo, belonging to the Kwa group and having some 12 million speakers.
- The Gullah language retains a great deal of West African syntax and combines English vocabulary with words from African languages such as Ewe, Mandinka, Igbo, Twi, Yoruba, and Mende.
- The major languages are English (official language), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Fulani.
- The words wa, zo, and bia translate as ‘come’ respectively in Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa, three prominent West African languages.
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Relating to the Igbo or their language.
- For some of the educated elite of Enugu State, cultural revitalization would valorize Igbo mores and values.
- This Igbo proverb emphasizes that an eagle's skill and success at hunting develop over time, indicating that a mature eagle, like a senior man, is more beautiful and more powerful than he was when he was young.
- According to notes by Harris dating to 1954 (supplied by Eli Bentor), an Igbo informant told him that all of these were made by Ibibio.
A local name.
Words that rhyme with Igbobilbo
Definition of Igbo in:
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