Definition of Shona in English:

Shona

Syllabification: Sho·na
Pronunciation: /ˈSHōnə
 
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noun (plural same or Shonas)

  • 1A member of a group of peoples inhabiting parts of southern Africa. See also Mashona.
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    • Now we are whites, blacks, coloureds, Asians, Shonas, Ndebeles…
    • He is a government loyalist, a former police boss, a ruthless campaigner and inquisitor when it comes to identifying the opposition, and a member of the ruling ethnic group, the Shonas.
    • There are two main ethnic groups, the Shona, who represent 75 percent of the population, and the Ndebele, who represent 19 percent.
  • 2Any of the Bantu languages spoken by the Shona.
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    • In common with other Bantu languages, Shona has a basic CV syllable structure.
    • In others, such as Hausa, Shona, and Swahili, because of bilingualism and code-mixing, the influence may have affected not only vocabulary but also structure.
    • After we saw the movie last Saturday, I was chatting with Bill, and he said his field methods consultant's mother is a Shona speaker.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Shona or their languages.
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    • The musical short film, based on a Shona folk tale, will premiere at ZIFF complete with a live performance of the songs in the film.
    • In his presentation in Harare, Makoni highlighted the importance of ‘hunhu’, a Shona word for accepted African moral standards.
    • When some Ndebele challenged this Shona dominance in the 1980s, his army's notorious Fifth Brigade murdered, raped and pillaged its way through Matabeleland.

Origin

a local name.

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