American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Formerly Le·o·pold·ville (lēˈə-pōld-vĭlˌ, lāˈ-)Kinshasa The capital and largest city of Congo (formerly Zaire), in the western part of the country on the Congo River. Founded in 1881 by the explorer Henry M. Stanley, who named it after his patron, Leopold II of Belgium, it became capital of the Belgian Congo in 1926 and was the scene of the revolt (June 1960) that led to Congo's independence. In 1966 its name was changed to Kinshasa, after the name of an early village that occupied the site. Population: 7,270,000.
- n. The capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), in the western part of the country on the Congo River; founded in 1881 by the explorer Henry M. Stanley, who named it after his patron, Leopold II of Belgium, it became capital of the Belgian Congo in 1926 and was the scene of the revolt (June 1960) that led to Congo's independence; in 1966 its name was changed to Kinshasa, after the name of an early village that occupied the site.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the capital city of Zaire, formerly named
- n. the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
“He added that he regretted what he called Kinshasa's”
“The force has always been too small for the large country, a former Belgian colony with absurdly-drawn borders, and the government in Kinshasa, nearly a continent away in the West, is still too fragile.”
“But it noted the weak judicial system in Kinshasa and says reforms were needed to seek justice for the millions of victims or risk encouraging further atrocities.”
“In spite of the fears of some, the criticism of others, we have to recognize that celebrating independence in Goma, yesterday a terrorized and besieged city that felt forgotten by Kinshasa, is a strong symbol.”
“I am leaving Cameroon May 28 to take a regional position with CRS in Kinshasa, but let me know if you'll be around in May as I should be busy packing in Yaounde except a short visit to Bangui again!”
“It is a piece of lymph node tissue that was taken for a biopsy from a woman in Kinshasa in 1960 and preserved in a bed of paraffin wax.”
“Denbighshire Council has launched an appeal to restore a statue of HM Stanley in Kinshasa in the Congo.”
“Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants.”
“Her humorous and insightful reflections on daily life in Kinshasa provided a stark contrast to the relentless diatribes of disembodied talking heads.”
“Quite where we are to put all these people, who selflessly save us lots of public money by not putting the Home Office to the expense of assessing their suitability to come here, is not spelt out, probably because the answer would lose them shedloads of votes, though not, of course, in Kinshasa, Bamako or Bangui.”
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