[ aw-buh ]

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

Origin of oba

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

Words Nearby oba

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How to use oba in a sentence

  • The “oba-Mao” T-shirts on souvenir stands around town were sellouts and his entourage snarled traffic for miles.

    What the Chinese Heard | Carolynne Wheeler | November 18, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for oba


/ (ˈɔːbɑː, -bə) /

  1. (in W Africa) a Yoruba chief or ruler

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