[ kuh-bah-kuh ]
/ kəˈbɑ kə /
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the traditional king of Buganda, a region and former kingdom of southern Uganda.
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Origin of kabaka

Borrowed into English from Luganda around 1875–80
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How to use kabaka in a sentence

  • Kabaka, I think my charms which my father suspended round my neck must be very powerful.

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

    Freeland|Theodor Hertzka

British Dictionary definitions for kabaka

/ (kaˈbaka) /

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

Word Origin for kabaka

C19: from Luganda
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