Definition of Swazi in English:

Swazi

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɑːzi
 
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noun (plural same or Swazis)

  • 1A member of a people traditionally inhabiting Swaziland and Mpumalanga province in South Africa.
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    • Many Swazis find work in South African mines, and much of Swaziland's electricity is imported from South Africa.
    • The Zulu kingdom on the east coast, north of Natal, was the largest; the Swazi, Tswana, Pedi, Venda, Mpondo, and Thembu remained substantial chiefdoms.
    • Chilufya was one of the two members from Southern Africa, together with a Swazi, elected on the board dominated by North and West Africa.
  • 1.1A native or inhabitant of Swaziland.
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    • The turnout was far smaller than the 250,000 Swazis who came to the last national gathering several years ago, where Mswati announced the appointment of a new prime minister.
    • Mashaba also claimed the Swazis cancelled their scheduled friendly against Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday because they feared that Mashaba would send his spies to watch the game.
    • The Swazis, however, with their lack of resources have never featured at either the World Cup or Nations Cup levels.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Nguni language of the Swazi, an official language in Swaziland and South Africa with about 1.6 million speakers. Also called Siswati.

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  • Relating to Swaziland, the Swazis, or their language.
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    • The Swazi language is referred to as ‘siSwati.’
    • The sight of a woman's buttocks is a strong insult in Swazi culture.
    • No barrier divides them, but the transition between gardened avenues and ramshackle Swazi township is stark.

Origin

from the name of Mswati, a 19th-century king of the Swazis.

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