Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A creole based on Bantu, widely spoken as a lingua franca in Congo (formerly Zaire).

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  • proper n. A Bantu language spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) and a large part of the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), as well as to some degree in Angola and the Central African Republic.

Etymologies

Lingala.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • (Soundbite of song, "Tobina") NORRIS: It's a type of dance music known as Lingala, and its infectious rhythms are at the heart of VJ Kule's pick for our summer playlist.

    The Spin: Nairobi's Hit Is Daddy Owen's 'Kupe De Kalle'

  • Playing electric & acoustic guitars & singing mostly in his native 'Lingala', Niwel performs a range of music that stretches from contemporary versions of Congolese traditional music from the 1930s &

    Irish Blogs

  • & singing mostly in his native 'Lingala', Niwel performs a range of music that stretches from contemporary versions of Congolese traditional music from the 1930s & 40s to modern Jazz.

    Irish Blogs

  • In African lingua francas such as Lingala and Swahili, jazz today is called . . . jazz, borrowed from American English.

    The English Is Coming!

  • So they turn to rap as a way to focus their anger about the situation they live in, to speak out about the issues like death and hunger, but with a bit of humor, they say, so the message gets across in a positive manner, with no violence or brutality and in the local language, Lingala, since there are many who don't speak French or English.

    Global Voices in English » Video: Caring about Congo

  • After showing the videos, he talks animatedly in a mixture of French and another Congolese language, Lingala, which a sprinkling of those in the audience know, while an assistant intermittently translates a few sentences into Swahili.

    The Trial of Thomas Lubanga

  • Whether he's singing in Lingala, French, or Portuguese, you're spellbound.

    Derek Beres: Global Beat Fusion: The Congo to Canada

  • He was greeting me in Lingala, the regional dialect of the north.

    In the Shadow of Freedom

  • “Hey, mokondzi,” says the driver in Lingala, a regional dialect from the north.

    In the Shadow of Freedom

  • The voices were not speaking Lari or Koutouba, they were speaking Lingala.

    In the Shadow of Freedom

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