nounSouth 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.