Definition of Kamba in English:



  • 1A member of a people of central Kenya, ethnically related to the Kikuyu.

    • ‘The origin of Fundi Mdawalo's craft echoes the better-known story of the origins of commercial woodcarving among the Kamba of Kenya.’
    • ‘The poverty of their land ensured that the Kamba remained less affected by European colonisation than the related Kikuyu.’
    • ‘The Kamba is the main cultural group of this region of Kenya.’
    • ‘The Bantu-speaking Kamba are numerically Kenya's fourth most numerous people.’
    • ‘These designs are not new for the Kamba, given that the ceremonial wooden staff once used in boys' initiation rites was engraved by the elders with designs and signs that the boys and girls had to decipher in a game similar to charades.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Bantu language of the Kamba, with around 2.5 million speakers.

    • ‘Kamba is of the Niger-Congo family of languages spoken by a total of about 2500000 in Kenya.’
    • ‘Other ethnic languages include Luo, Kikuyu, Kamba, Luyia, Gusii, and Kalenjin, which are usually spoken at home.’
    • ‘The Kamba have attracted surprisingly little attention.’
    • ‘We've also moved on to the other languages like Kikuyu, Kamba, Kesee, Luiya, Luiyo - which have not finished.’


  • Relating to the Kamba or their language.

    • ‘Following Kenyan independence in 1963, the Maasai faced competition for land with Kikuyu and Kamba farmers moving off the highlands as their populations increased.’
    • ‘If one asks a Kamba sculptor (or in Tanzania, a Zaramo one) why he chooses to represent the Maasai and not someone from his own community, there is a short answer and a longer, more complex one.’
    • ‘The Kamba royalty was often not talked about and the history behind the royalty is not well known.’
    • ‘The Kamba people are very well known for their wood carving skills and basket making.’
    • ‘Indeed, many pieces of Kamba beadwork, with their perfect alignment of figures, look like puzzles waiting to be deciphered.’


A local name.