Definition of Kikongo in English:

Kikongo

noun

mass noun
  • Either of two similar Bantu languages spoken in Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), and adjacent areas, with around 4.7 million speakers altogether.

    • ‘Other major languages include Swahili, Lingala, Kikongo, and Tshiluba.’
    • ‘Over sixty local languages and dialects are spoken, the most widely used of which are Kikongo, Sangha, and Bateke.’
    • ‘Six of the Bantu languages were selected as national languages: Chokwe, Kikongo, Kimbundo, Mbunda, Oxikuanyama, and Umbundu.’
    • ‘Lingala, Kikongo, Sangha, and Bateke are the most widely spoken native languages.’
    • ‘Parts of the Bible were translated into Kikongo in the latter part of the nineteenth century.’

adjective

  • Relating to Kikongo.

    • ‘The Kikongo word phemba denotes ‘the one who gives children in-potentia.’’
    • ‘On the left is the firma sun, which in the Kikongo language of Congo is called tango, a sign of the soul or the power of light (which can connote strength and righteousness).’
    • ‘In 1992, Kikongo speakers in all countries numbered 3,217,000, the majority of whom lived in Angola.’
    • ‘In 1956 another Redemptorist published the first edition of an extremely influential Kikongo history of Kongo, relating that the first Kongo had probably migrated from Egypt.’

Origin

The name in Kikongo.

Pronunciation

Kikongo

/kɪˈkɒŋɡəʊ/