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kwanza

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noun, plural kwan·za, kwan·zas.
  1. a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Angola, equal to 100 lwei: replaced the escudo in 1977.

Kwanza

noun
  1. Kwanzaa.
  2. Cuanza.

Kwanzaa

or Kwan·za

[kwahn-zuh]
noun, plural Kwan·zaas.
  1. a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26th until Jan. 1st in some African-American communities.

Origin of Kwanzaa

First recorded in 1965–70, Kwanzaa is from the Swahili word kwanza first

Cuanza

or Kwan·za

[kwahn-zuh]
noun
  1. a river in central Angola, flowing NW and W to the Atlantic Ocean. 500 miles (805 km) long.
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kwanza

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Angola, divided into 100 lwei

Word Origin

from a Bantu language

Kwanzaa

noun
  1. a seven-day festival beginning on Dec 26 when African-Americans celebrate family, community, and culture

Word Origin

C20: from Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza first (fruits)
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