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  1. the traditional king of Buganda, a region and former kingdom of southern Uganda.

Origin of kabaka

Borrowed into English from Luganda around 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for kabaka

Historical Examples

  • The kabaka Suna had only taken time to prepare for an annihilating blow.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Kabaka, I think my charms which my father suspended round my neck must be very powerful.

    My Dark Companions

    Henry M. Stanley

  • It was not until the shadows began to lengthen that we visited the Kabaka on the Royal Hill.

    My African Journey</p>

    Winston Churchill

  • The little Kabaka sat on his throne, and his subjects grouped themselves around and before him.

    My African Journey</p>

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for kabaka


  1. any of the former rulers of the Baganda people of S Uganda

Word Origin

C19: from Luganda
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