Definition of lapa noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɑːpə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːpə//
(South African English)
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a shelter without walls on all sides, usually made of wooden poles and covered with thatch (= dry grass), especially used as a place for relaxing and eating meals Word Originfrom Sotho lelapa. Sotho is the group of Bantu (Niger-Congo) languages spoken by the Sotho people who live mainly in Botswana, Lesotho and northern South Africa.