Definition of Ganda in US English:



  • 1A member of an African people of the kingdom of Buganda, now forming part of Uganda.

    • ‘In the 188Os Buganda experienced food shortages, while disease depleted cattle herds; sources of ivory dried up, forcing the Ganda to export more slaves.’
    • ‘Many Ganda continued trading items produced locally and regionally.’
    • ‘Tucker and the other missionaries played an important role in drafting preliminary agreements between Britain and the Ganda.’
    • ‘Making known the existence of Buganda and its people had even greater implications for both European imperialists and the Ganda themselves.’
    • ‘The beauty of this pottery and the variety of uses to which it is put are amply shown in the displays, which include the burnished royal pottery of the Ganda.’
  • 2

    another term for Luganda
    • ‘Then most of the rest of the song is in Ganda.’
    • ‘Soga speakers consider Ganda an alien language, one that they need to know for political and religious reasons.’
    • ‘The Bantu languages belong to the Niger-Congo family and include: Douala in Cameroon, Ganda in Uganda, and Shona and Ndebele in Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘Ganda, also known as Luganda, is the most important language of Uganda, in East Africa.’


  • Relating to the Ganda or their language.

    • ‘Slave women mainly cultivated the banana plantations of the Ganda chiefs and officials and carried provisions and tribute from the provinces to the capital.’
    • ‘While influenced by Ssengendo's interest in Ganda tradition, he carefully distances himself from his teacher by pushing the limits of figurative narrative.’
    • ‘Inspired by Bowlby, Ainsworth set out to observe how Ganda infants and their mothers interacted.’
    • ‘She first began categorizing attachment styles during her work with the Ganda tribe in Uganda.’
    • ‘He resented the presence of Ganda warriors on his territory.’
    • ‘A void, or a bare, unadorned space or body is philosophically unacceptable in Ganda thinking.’
    • ‘While Ganda society was patrilineal, kings were selected matrilineally, effectively preventing fathers from passing power along to their children.’


Luganda ganda stem denoting the Ganda language, country, people, etc., according to its prefix. Compare Baganda, Luganda, Muganda.