Definition of Pedi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛdi

noun (plural same or Pedis)

  • 1A member of a people traditionally inhabiting the northern region of South Africa.
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    • A small chiefdom of perhaps 10,000 people in the 1870s, based around a strongly fortified village, the Ndzundza sided with the British and Swazi in the conquest of the Pedi in 1879.
    • The region considered a traditional home by many rural Pedi is between the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers in South Africa's Northern Province.
  • 2 another term for Sepedi.
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    • It boasts a multi-lingual programme, including Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Afrikaans and Xhosa, and creates an opportunity for writers to stimulate the often declining readership of their vernacular.


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  • Relating to the Pedi or their language.
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    • The amalaita were Zulu-speakers in Natal, but, in Johannesburg and Pretoria, Pedi youths from the eastern Transvaal formed similar associations.
    • One of these churches, the Zion Christian Church, was founded by two Pedi brothers.
    • A Pedi speaker, Maepa was one of the first women to become a member of Mapula in 1991, and by 2005 was coordinating the activities of nearly half the women in the project.


from Sotho Mopedi, denoting a member of this people.

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