Definition of Baganda in English:


plural noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Bishop of Uganda emphasised the need to appreciate ‘female chastity’ to save the Baganda from extinction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Kingdom of Buganda is the largest of the four kingdoms in the western region of Uganda.’
    • ‘The Baganda have a proverb which, roughly translated, says, ‘A person who never travels always praises his own mother's cooking.’’
    • ‘A Muganda passes through the stages of omwana, omuvubuka, and omusajja or omukazi (man, woman).’
    • ‘The most prominent indigenous clothing is found in southern Uganda among the Baganda.’
    • ‘The Baganda, the largest ethnic group, account for about 17 percent of the population, or approximately 3.9 million people.’
    • ‘A substantial part of this essay on Christianity in Buganda (modern-day Uganda) is devoted to the martyrs.’
    • ‘Islam's ability to adapt to the local customs was an important factor in the Islamization of groups such as the Baganda of Uganda.’


  • Relating to the Baganda or their language.

    • ‘The Buganda representatives from Luweero district proved that it is not only the old who understand the culture and particularly the kiganda dance.’
    • ‘Over the following centuries, the Buganda people created the dominant kingdom.’
    • ‘In addition, the patrilineal dictates of Buganda culture meant that a widow was disconnected from the wider clan into which she married.’
    • ‘This was the fundamental principle of the Buganda culture: it provided the ethical basis for other principles.’
    • ‘This site in Kasubi is regarded as the major spiritual centre for the Buganda people.’
    • ‘The British are also accused of giving land to Baganda absentee landlords as gifts.’
    • ‘I don t think I will support it because the way Buganda people want it leaves the other regions in a disadvantaged state.’
    • ‘Ssekandi told the Baganda youth to be grateful because the amended 1995 Constitution granted the country a legal status.’
    • ‘Kings Trail allows those tourists who have money to visit numerous cultural sites, to enjoy Buganda music, dance and drama and buy handicrafts.’
    • ‘As Kampala is located in the heart of the kingdom of Buganda, once the most powerful of the four monarchies of southern Uganda, the majority of the artists at the School, including Kabiito, are Baganda.’
    • ‘They said it sought to introduce an elected Katikkiro (premier), which they claimed contradicted the Buganda culture.’
    • ‘The history of the Buganda people is well handled in the opening chapters, with the emphasis, naturally, on the birth and growth of the Church.’
    • ‘Fears that Baganda Christian converts were disloyal and were acting as spies, and that Europeans were poised to undermine the state, were much more important.’
    • ‘Amadinda is a Hungarian ensemble but shares with the composer a strong interest in the African Baganda musical tradition.’
    • ‘Mrs Naka [the consultant] told us a story of how the Baganda [a dominant Bantu tribe] men of long ago would detect pregnancies they were not responsible for when their wives developed eclampsia in later pregnancies.’


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