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British Dictionary definitions for jambo


sentence substitute
  1. an E African salutation

Word Origin

C20: from Swahili
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Historical Examples

  • "Jambo," said Nazoro, the senior boy, standing to attention.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign

    Robert Valentine Dolbey

  • "Jambo bwona," and the sycophantic Ali would leap to his feet and raise the dirty red fez that adorned his head.