One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a people inhabiting southern Tanzania and NE Mozambique.
- ‘He saw a photograph of a sculpture by the Makonde of East Africa.’
- ‘One of the most important events in the life of a Makonde was initiation.’
- ‘I could only surmise that these Makonde had taken Swahili names to ease their assimilation into coastal society, creating confusion among non-resident park officials.’
- ‘Farther north are the Makonde near the coast and the Yao near Lake Malawi.’
- ‘Throughout the late colonial period, many Makonde fled the Portuguese regime, taking refuge in what was then Tanganyika across the Rovuma River border.’
2mass noun The Bantu language of the Makonde, with about 1 million speakers.
- ‘The existence of a standardized orthography for either Yao or Makonde is unknown to us as of this writing.’
Relating to the Makonde or their language.
- ‘This powerful Makonde mask with large rabbit ears, oval eyes and prominent teeth measures 16 1/2’ in height.’
- ‘These artists came to enjoy privileged status in Makonde society as demand grew within the church for their work.’
- ‘As you will see on this website, their is much more to Makonde art then these traditional Mapiko masks.’
- ‘The Makonde practice initiation ceremonies that integrate young people into the adult world through links with ancestors and supernatural beings.’
- ‘A white-jacketed Makonde waiter brought plates mounded with chicken and rice cooked over a fire.’
- ‘Nonetheless, in speaking to the world beyond, Makonde carvers employ a language of images grounded in their unique historical experience.’
The name in Makonde.
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