Definitions

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

  • n. See Table at currency.

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  • n. The currency of Angola

Etymologies

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

Bantu, possibly from Kwanza (Cuanza), a river of Angola or from Swahili kwanza, first, or from kuanza, to begin.

Examples

  • He also said there must be a single rate of exchange for the national currency, the kwanza, which is officially worth 55,000 to the dollar but on the black market fetches 240,000.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The name was drawn from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning the "first fruits of the harvest."

    Warren J. Blumenfeld: Challenging The Christian Month Of December

  • Sasa sijui nisemaje ..... kwanza nataka wote wajue kwamba sio muhimu kwa wazungu wa kawaida kuelewa maneno haya.

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  • As at Thanksgiving, the Kwanzaa table is bountiful, but the accent isn't turkey, it's -- as the name suggests, matunda ya kwanza, the first fruits of the harvest, from the traditional foods of Africa to the fusion dishes of the African diaspora, in the Caribbean, Latin America and here.

    Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: First Fruits of the Harvest

  • Happy solstice, festivus, squidmas, hannukah, kwanza, christmas and freeze your assoff in saskatchewan day ;

    Grace In Small Things: Part 28 of 365

  • If somebody said to me “happy kwanza” i would smile and reply back with “happy kwanza.”

    Think Progress » President Bush’s War on Christmas

  • Join me on the other side, we have some kwanza to spend.

    CNN Transcript May 26, 2007

  • The women sifting dry casaba work tirelessly just to make a few kwanza.

    CNN Transcript May 26, 2007

  • Defence spending in a country which emerged from a 27-year civil war in 2002 will remain at 12.7 percent of the overall two trillion kwanza budget (25 billion dollars/19.8 billion euros) but the amount earmarked for social areas will rise from 25 percent to 28.1 percent, Finance Minister Jose de Morais told reporters.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Flashing kwanza bills, the Angolan currency, Marta MBiyavanga, a female money trader, said she was also confused.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • ... to be confused with Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday.

    December 22, 2007