Definition of Ovambo in English:


nounPlural Ovambos

  • 1A member of a people of northern Namibia.

    • ‘The removal of the eyes was common to the Ovambos.’
  • 2mass noun The Bantu language of the Ovambo.


  • Relating to the Ovambo or their language.

    • ‘McKittrick examines how Christianity, colonial rule, and wage labor in Namibia reduced young Ovambo men's dependence on their fathers and allowed them to promote competing notions of masculinity.’
    • ‘Therefore it is a thorn in their sides when members of the Ovambo people are given land in their former settlement area.’
    • ‘In 1971 a partially successful strike by Ovambo migrant workers in Namibia gained considerable publicity.’
    • ‘As for the Ovambo and Herero traditions, you will hear from the scholars very soon in detail.’


A local name, from ova- (prefix denoting a plural) + ambo ‘man of leisure’.