Definition of Bakwena in English:

Bakwena

Pronunciation /baˈkwɛnə/

adjective

  • Of, belonging to, or relating to the Bakwena.

noun

  • A member of a Sotho-Tswana people of southern Africa, living in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland), and Zimbabwe.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Southern Sotho Bakwena (written as baKwena in Lesotho) and its cognate Tswana Bakwena from ba-, plural class prefix denoting people + -kwena, self-designation, literally ‘crocodile’, after their totem.