Congolese

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Etymology[edit]

From French congolais, equivalent to Congo +‎ -ese. For information about the -l-, see Togolese.

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Noun[edit]

Congolese (plural Congolese)

  1. A person from the Republic of the Congo
  2. A person from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

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Usage notes[edit]

The term Congolese on its own is not strictly a nationality since it refers to two different nations, and it is therefore a regional or supranational word, like Dominican or Scandinavian. There is no simple modifier which can be added to the word to define which nation is meant. Sometimes the nation's acronym (ROC or DRC) is added before or after 'Congolese', as in 'DRC Congolese' or 'Congolese (DRC)', sometimes the names of the capitals are added:

Three of them were DRC Congolese and the other two were ROC Congolese
Three of them were (Kinshasa) Congolese and the other two were (Brazzaville) Congolese.

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Congolese (not comparable)

  1. Of, from, or pertaining to the Republic of Congo, its people or language.
  2. Of, from, or pertaining to the Democratic Republic of Congo, its people or language.

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