Definition of Zulu in English:


Syllabification: Zu·lu
Pronunciation: /ˈzo͞olo͞o


  • 1A member of a South African people living mainly in KwaZulu-Natal province.
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    • But once again, neither the Zulus nor the Plains Indians had artillery.
    • Wars against the Zulus in South Africa or against the Chinese in Indo-China seemed to be merely a waste of money and troops, with no clear European pay-off.
    • The Ndebeles consider themselves part of the Zulu nation and would ideally like to break away and form a new country with the Zulus in South Africa.
  • 1.1The Bantu language of the Zulus, related to Xhosa and spoken by over 9 million people.
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    • Google's pages are available in dozens of languages (including Zulu, Xhosa, Esperanto, Klingon, and Pig Latin).
    • One year I had a class of very diverse cultures with some children speaking Xhosa, Zulu, Tswane, Afrikaans and even French.
    • This is the opposite of the increasing standardization of the languages of Xhosa and Zulu, which occurred through missionary activity and later state controls.
  • 2A code word representing the letter Z, used in radio communication.
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    • Atlas 4 this is Zulu 7 Requesting immediate evac from, Bigs hand me that map, Dog Niner Alpha Zero.


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  • Relating to the Zulu people or language.

    The Zulus formed a powerful military empire in southern Africa during the 19th century before being defeated in a series of engagements with white Afrikaner and British settlers. Some Zulus still live under the traditional clan system in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, but many now work in the cities

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    • And there is Yesterday, the first-ever feature shot entirely in the Zulu language.
    • Raised among the wives of King Cetshwayo, she had a detailed knowledge of Zulu history and customs at the royal court.
    • He said: ‘We had a magnificent welcome of drum majorettes, gospel singing and Zulu dancing.’


from the stem of Zulu umZulu (plural amaZulu).

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