[ in-dah-bah ]

  1. a conference or consultation between or with native peoples of South Africa.

Origin of indaba

1890–95; <Zulu indaba, izindaba (with implosive b) matter for discussion, affair, account

Words Nearby indaba Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use indaba in a sentence

  • The indaba had dropped; but now Pandulu, who had spoken but little before, seemed anxious to revive it.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • The indaba began upon small matters, a recent dispute or two as to the ownership of cattle, or of land commonage, and so forth.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • The ears of the outside attendants were by no means deaf, however, and now they came crowding up around the scene of the indaba.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • They sit in a consultative gathering known as an indaba, and discuss the civil and military affairs of their tribe.

  • After that the "indaba" or talk began, which I do not propose to set out at length, for it is a matter of history.

    Marie | H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for Indaba


/ (ɪnˈdɑːbə) /

  1. anthropol history (among Bantu peoples of southern Africa) a meeting to discuss a serious topic

  2. Southern African informal a matter of concern or for discussion

Origin of Indaba

C19: from Zulu: topic

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