a hereditary tribal ruler among various peoples in the Benin region of western Africa.

Nearby words

  1. ob,
  2. ob-,
  3. ob-gyn,
  4. ob.,
  5. ob/gyn,
  6. obad.,
  7. obadiah,
  8. obama,
  9. obamacare,
  10. oban

Origin of oba

First recorded in 1900–05, oba is from the Edo word ɔ́bá

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Examples from the Web for oba

  • Oba Kagetoki departed, none too pleased with the mission, for he had once been on friendly terms with Yoritomo.

    Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Yoritomo, having been defeated in a battle against Oba Kage-chika, was forced to retreat with six of his followers.

    Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

British Dictionary definitions for oba



(in W Africa) a Yoruba chief or ruler
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