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[yoo-gan-duh, oo-gahn‐] /yuˈgæn də, uˈgɑn‐/
an independent state in E Africa, between the NE Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British protectorate. 91,065 sq. mi. (241,068 sq. km).
Capital: Kampala.
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Ugandan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • On the second day after the fight our men occupied Rubaga, the capital of Uganda.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • They all met in Berlin to settle up everything—and we got Uganda.

  • It is of the Uganda cob only that I am able to write about from my own observation and experience.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • There was a great empire beyond the lake, they told him, called Uganda.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • Coming back to the Uganda Railway, here is Nairobi, you see.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for Uganda


a republic in E Africa: British protectorate established in 1894–96; gained independence in 1962 and became a republic in 1963; a member of the Commonwealth. It consists mostly of a savanna plateau with part of Lake Victoria in the southeast and mountains in the southwest, reaching 5109 m (16 763 ft) in the Ruwenzori Range. Official language: English; Swahili, Luganda, and Luo are also widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Ugandan shilling. Capital: Kampala. Pop: 34 758 809 (2013 est). Area: 235 886 sq km (91 076 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Uganda

from Swahili u "land, country" + Ganda, indigenous people name, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Uganda in Culture
Uganda [(yooh-gan-duh, ooh-gahn-duh)]

Landlocked nation on Lake Victoria in east-central Africa, bordered by Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Sudan to the north, and Kenya to the east. Its capital and largest city is Kampala.

Note: From 1971 to 1979, Uganda was ruled by the notorious military strongman Idi Amin. It is estimated that Amin killed as many as 300,000 Ugandans through internal purges and campaigns of terror before he was overthrown.
Note: Under Amin, Uganda was a sponsor of international terrorism. In 1976, a French airliner was hijacked and flown to Entebbe Airport outside Kampala. An Israeli commando unit subsequently rescued the hostages in a sensational raid.
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