the traditional king of Buganda, a region and former kingdom of southern Uganda.

Nearby words

  1. kaaba,
  2. kaal,
  3. kaapstad,
  4. kab,
  5. kabaddi,
  6. kabala,
  7. kabalega falls,
  8. kabalevsky,
  9. kabalevsky, dmitri,
  10. kabalistic

Origin of kabaka

Borrowed into English from Luganda around 1875–80

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Examples from the Web for kabaka

  • The little Kabaka sat on his throne, and his subjects grouped themselves around and before him.

    My African Journey|Winston Churchill
  • It was not until the shadows began to lengthen that we visited the Kabaka on the Royal Hill.

    My African Journey|Winston Churchill
  • Kabaka, I think my charms which my father suspended round my neck must be very powerful.

    My Dark Companions|Henry M. Stanley
  • The kabaka Suna had only taken time to prepare for an annihilating blow.

    Freeland|Theodor Hertzka

British Dictionary definitions for kabaka



any of the former rulers of the Baganda people of S Uganda

Word Origin for kabaka

C19: from Luganda

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