[ bem-buh ]
/ ˈbɛm bə /

noun, plural Bem·bas, (especially collectively) Bem·ba. for 1.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bemba


/ (ˈbɛmbə) /


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
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