Definition of Bantustan in English:


Line breaks: Ban¦tu|stan
Pronunciation: /ˌbantuːˈstɑːn
, -ˈstan/


South African historical , derogatory
A partially self-governing area set aside during the period of apartheid for a particular indigenous African people; a so-called homeland.
More example sentences
  • There are obvious parallels with the creation of so-called tribal homelands, or Bantustans by the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
  • It's not even Bantustans, like in apartheid South Africa, that they have in mind.
  • They ran the Bantustans and helped administer the Bantu Authorities Act.


from Bantu + -stan, on the pattern of words such as Hindustan.

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