Definition of Kaonde in English:



  • 1A member of a people living mainly in north-western Zambia.

    • ‘The creature was described by the Kaonde of old as a huge red lizard with membranous wings like a bat spreading five or more feet, and with teeth in its huge beak.’
    • ‘The Kaonde are primarily cultivators, but with a strong hunting tradition.’
    • ‘Major tribes are the Tonga in the S; the Kaonde in the NW; and the Bemba, Bisa, and Lala in the NE.’
    • ‘Their language is indeed called Chikaonde at times -- but generally not by the Kaondes themselves.’
  • 2mass noun The Bantu language of the Kaonde, with around 200,000 speakers.

    • ‘Available in English, Nyanja, Bemba, Lozi, Tonga, Luvale, Kaonde, and Lunda.’
    • ‘We were taught Bemba, Nyanja, Kaonde, Lozi, the customs of our communities, the dances, the technology for agriculture that contributed to self reliance.’
    • ‘The website will therefore contain information in all the official languages of Zambia, namely, Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Kaonde, Luvale, Lunda and English.’
    • ‘There are seven major vernacular languages which include: Luvale, Lunda, Bemba, Lozi, Kaonde, Tonga and Nyanja.’
    • ‘The papers - Imbila, a Bemba production, Ngoma in Lunda, Luvale and Kaonde, Intanda in Tonga, Lukanga in Lenje and Liseli in Lozi and Tsopano in Nyanja - should help fill the information gap in rural areas.’


  • Relating to the Kaonde or their language.

    • ‘Senior Chief Kasempa of the Kaonde people is also happy with Government efforts to reduce poverty levels in the province through infrastructure development and provision of social services.’
    • ‘Oliya Band had a passion for the promotion of the Kaonde, the Lamba and the Bemba traditional norms and culture through music.’
    • ‘He and his wife went to the Kaonde people to introduce Christ as a Savior to those that would listen.’
    • ‘In May, the Kaonde tribe of north-western Zambia celebrate the royal ceremony of Kufukwila.’
    • ‘Recollectively, in the 1940-60s, the mining companies drew their employees chiefly from such impassive ethnics as Bemba, Lala, Ngoni, Namwanga, Mambwe, and later from the Kaonde tribe.’