- 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
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Examples from the Web for indaba
Well take the grog in and smoke a final pipe or two over our indaba.A Secret of the Lebombo
Cronje stopped and cantered back again, seeming to hold an indaba with his petty officers.The Siege of Mafeking (1900)
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Bowls of tywala were handed round, and then, sitting in a half circle in front of him, the indaba commenced.The Induna's Wife
The nature of that errand stood revealed in the indaba then being held between the two opposing parties.John Ames, Native Commissioner
The indaba had dropped; but now Pandulu, who had spoken but little before, seemed anxious to revive it.Forging the Blades
- anthropol history (among Bantu peoples of southern Africa) a meeting to discuss a serious topic
- Southern African informal a matter of concern or for discussion
C19: from Zulu: topic
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