- a member of a numerous agricultural people of Zambia.
- the Bantu language spoken by the Bemba, widely used as a lingua franca in Zambia.
Origin of Bemba
First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for bemba
Not even Radio Bemba (Cuban slang for the rumor mill) had picked up the signal.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
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Bemba was arrested near Brussels in 2008, and is currently detained at the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.Obama, Congo Needs You Now
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With it is closely allied that of the Bemba or Emba dialects.
After dusk we were informed that the men whom we had hired at Bemba as canoe men had run away.Cornish Characters
At a distance of nearly four hundred miles from Bemba the Congo, under the name of the Chambesi, takes its rise.The World and Its People: Book VII
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- plural -ba or -bas a member of a Negroid people of Africa, living chiefly in Zambia on a high infertile plateau
- the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family