kwanza

[ kwahn-zuh ]
/ ˈkwɑn zə /

noun, plural kwan·za, kwan·zas.

a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Angola, equal to 100 lwei: replaced the escudo in 1977.

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Kwanza

noun

Definition for kwanza (3 of 4)

Kwanzaa

or Kwan·za

[ kwahn-zuh ]
/ ˈkwɑn zə /

noun, plural Kwan·zaas.

a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26th until Jan. 1st in some African-American communities.

Origin of Kwanzaa

First recorded in 1965–70, Kwanzaa is from the Swahili word kwanza first

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Cuanza

or Kwan·za

[ kwahn-zuh ]
/ ˈkwɑn zə /

noun

a river in central Angola, flowing NW and W to the Atlantic Ocean. 500 miles (805 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for kwanza (1 of 2)

kwanza
/ (ˈkwænzə) /

noun

the standard monetary unit of Angola, divided into 100 lwei

Word Origin for kwanza

from a Bantu language

British Dictionary definitions for kwanza (2 of 2)

Kwanzaa
/ (ˈkwænzɑː) /

noun

a seven-day festival beginning on Dec 26 when African-Americans celebrate family, community, and culture

Word Origin for Kwanzaa

C20: from Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza first (fruits)
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