noun (plural same or Shonas)
- 1A member of a group of peoples inhabiting parts of southern Africa. See also Mashona.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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- Relating to the Shona or their languages.More example sentences
- 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.
a local name.
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- The British & World English dictionary