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Unit 13: Glossary

Kiswahili English
aina type, kind
alika invite
amua decide
andaliwa be served a meal or drinks; have preparations made
arusi wedding
asili origin, tradition
baina among, between
bali but rather
baraka blessing
bibi arusi bride
bwana arusi groom
chelewa be late
desturi customs
dini religion
fedha money
fuatana according to, following from
funga to tie, close
gari car
gauni a female dress, gown
hakimu magistrate
heshima respect
hudhuria participate, attend
kanisani in the church
kanzu a long robe
karamu feast
karibishwa be welcome, be invited
kasisi pastor
kichwani on the head
kienyeji local, traditional
kiislamu islamic
kijana youth
kikristu christian
kisasa modern, of today
kitamaduni culturally
kofia cap
kortini in the court
kweli truly, honestly
leta bring
maandazi donuts
maalumu special, specific
madaraka powers of responsibility, appointment which carriers power and responsibility
makabila tribes, ethnic groups
maoni opinions, comments
masharti conditions
masinia large serving platters
maua flowers
mavazi clothing, outfit, dress, attire
mbalimbali various, assorted
mchanganyiko mixture
mikeka mats
miko large serving spoons
mila traditions
motokaa car
msafara procession of moving people or animals
msikitini in the mosque
muziki music
mwimbaji singer
mzee elder
namna type, kind
ndoa marriage
ngoma drum, dance
nyimbo song
ona to see
padri priest
pamba decorate, adorn
pete ring
piga beat, hit
pita pass, go through
pongeza congratulate
rasmi official, agreed upon
sahani plate
shangazi paternal aunt
sherehe celebration
subiri wait
sufuria cooking pot
tayari make ready
tazama to watch
tunza to care for, nuture
ukumbi hall; large spacious room in building
umuhimu importance, significance
upendo love for
ushungi large scarf worn by women over the head
vaa dress, wear
vigelegele applause, shouts of joy
vijiko spoons
viti chairs
vyombo instruments, implements
wajomba uncles
wakwe in-laws
washiriki participants
wasili arrive
wosia advice, words to live by
zawadi presents
zungumza converse

 

African Studies Institute, University of Georgia.