Kampala

[kahm-pah-luh, kam-]

Uganda

[yoo-gan-duh, oo-gahn‐]
noun
  1. an independent state in E Africa, between the NE Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British protectorate. 91,065 sq. mi. (241,068 sq. km). Capital: Kampala.
Related formsU·gan·dan, adjective, noun
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Contemporary Examples of kampala

Historical Examples of kampala

  • Almost, but not quite; for, to tell the truth, no one has ever seen Kampala.

    My African Journey

    Winston Churchill

  • I was paypalling to a friend in Kampala who withdrew it in shillings and sent it to my family in giros.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • My time had been overstayed in Entebbe, so we took our departure for Kampala, the native capital.

  • But Kampala, the home of sixty thousand persons, is permanently invisible.

    My African Journey

    Winston Churchill

  • The road from Entebbe to Kampala passes 108 through delicious country.

    My African Journey

    Winston Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for kampala

Kampala

noun
  1. the capital and largest city of Uganda, in Central region on Lake Victoria: Makerere University (1961). Pop: 1 208 544 (2002 est)

Uganda

noun
  1. a republic in E Africa: British protectorate established in 1894–96; gained independence in 1962 and became a republic in 1963; a member of the Commonwealth. It consists mostly of a savanna plateau with part of Lake Victoria in the southeast and mountains in the southwest, reaching 5109 m (16 763 ft) in the Ruwenzori Range. Official language: English; Swahili, Luganda, and Luo are also widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Ugandan shilling. Capital: Kampala. Pop: 34 758 809 (2013 est). Area: 235 886 sq km (91 076 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for kampala

Uganda

from Swahili u "land, country" + Ganda, indigenous people name, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

kampala in Culture

Uganda

[(yooh-gan-duh, ooh-gahn-duh)]

Landlocked nation on Lake Victoria in east-central Africa, bordered by Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Sudan to the north, and Kenya to the east. Its capital and largest city is Kampala.

Note

From 1971 to 1979, Uganda was ruled by the notorious military strongman Idi Amin. It is estimated that Amin killed as many as 300,000 Ugandans through internal purges and campaigns of terror before he was overthrown.

Note

Under Amin, Uganda was a sponsor of international terrorism. In 1976, a French airliner was hijacked and flown to Entebbe Airport outside Kampala. An Israeli commando unit subsequently rescued the hostages in a sensational raid.
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