Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

kwanza

[kwahn-zuh]
noun, plural kwan·za, kwan·zas.
  1. a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Angola, equal to 100 lwei: replaced the escudo in 1977.
Show More

Kwanza

noun
  1. Kwanzaa.
  2. Cuanza.
Show More

Kwanzaa

or Kwan·za

[kwahn-zuh]
noun, plural Kwan·zaas.
  1. a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26th until Jan. 1st in some African-American communities.
Show More

Origin of Kwanzaa

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

Cuanza

or Kwan·za

[kwahn-zuh]
noun
  1. a river in central Angola, flowing NW and W to the Atlantic Ocean. 500 miles (805 km) long.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for kwanza

Historical Examples of kwanza


British Dictionary definitions for kwanza

kwanza

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Angola, divided into 100 lwei
Show More

Word Origin for kwanza

from a Bantu language

Kwanzaa

noun
  1. a seven-day festival beginning on Dec 26 when African-Americans celebrate family, community, and culture
Show More

Word Origin for Kwanzaa

C20: from Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza first (fruits)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012