Definition of Luba in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈluːbə

noun (plural same or Lubas)

1A member of a people living mainly in SE Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire).
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  • Masks, on the other hand, have been less important to the Bakongo than to other people, such as the Luba.
  • You're right: if it's true it's a reversal of the motivation among the Luba.
  • But, he continues, according to Nkoya oral sources, their migration into Zambia from what is now Zaire was led by a female ruler Lbupe, a Luba, from an area around the Lualaba river before the rise of the Luba-Lunda kingdom of Mwatiamvwa.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Luba, with about 8 million speakers. Also called Chiluba.


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Relating to the Luba or their language.
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  • All these peoples consist of a mixture of local populations known as either Kete or Bindi, on the one hand, and Luba immigrants from Katanga, on the other.
  • Yes, he knows how to make objects in the Lega, Songye and Luba styles.
  • He does, however, cite the chief ‘Kosch’ of the ‘Koschi’ as one of the great Luba chiefs.


a local name.

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