Definition of mzee in English:

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Pronunciation: /(ə)mˈzeɪ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


(In East Africa) an older person; an elder.
Example sentences
  • I said to them "you have started killing that mzee, you will end up eating me as well."
  • One of the soldiers is reported to have tried to stop others from killing what he called the mzee, but failed.
  • In a little town called Mulot, the people taking tea in the little room they call a hotel listened keenly to the Mzee in a torn old coat.


Kiswahili, 'ancestor, parent, old person'.

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