Definition of Baganda in English:


plural noun

  • An African people of the kingdom of Buganda, now forming part of Uganda.

    • ‘Islam's ability to adapt to the local customs was an important factor in the Islamization of groups such as the Baganda of Uganda.’
    • ‘The most prominent indigenous clothing is found in southern Uganda among the Baganda.’
    • ‘The Bishop of Uganda emphasised the need to appreciate ‘female chastity’ to save the Baganda from extinction.’
    • ‘A Muganda passes through the stages of omwana, omuvubuka, and omusajja or omukazi (man, woman).’
    • ‘The Baganda, the largest ethnic group, account for about 17 percent of the population, or approximately 3.9 million people.’
    • ‘The Baganda have a proverb which, roughly translated, says, ‘A person who never travels always praises his own mother's cooking.’’
    • ‘The Kabaka is the ceremonial king of the Baganda and his lineage goes way back to the 14th century.’
    • ‘Kingdoms of the Baganda, Bunyoro, Toro, Ankole, and Busoga peoples emerged, and they remained strong from the fourteenth century until the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Having lost much of its functional role, however, today it is primarily a popular symbol of the cultural pride of the Baganda and their neighbors.’
    • ‘A substantial part of this essay on Christianity in Buganda (modern-day Uganda) is devoted to the martyrs.’
    • ‘The Kingdom of Buganda is the largest of the four kingdoms in the western region of Uganda.’


  • Relating to the Baganda or their language.


A local name; compare with Kiswahili Waganda, Ganda, Luganda, Muganda.