Definition of Thembu in English:

Thembu

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmbuː
 
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(also Tembu)

noun (plural same or Thembus)

  • A member of a Xhosa-speaking people originating in present-day KwaZulu-Natal and now living in the Transkei.
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    • All Thembus were free to come - and a great many did, on horseback or on foot.
    • The last Paramount Chief of the Tembus, Jongolizwe Mtirara, died in July 1928, four months before Sabata Dalindyebo was born.
    • The king of the Tembus was told by a high court judge here yesterday that he would be treated like anyone else facing charges, regardless of who he was.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Thembu.
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    • There she studied Thembu traditions, developed a passion for beadwork, and collected and annotated local costumes that demonstrate how minutely beadwork mapped social identity within this Xhosa-speaking community.
    • Broster's work provides detailed evidence of how status could be read from dress in Thembu society.
    • Sheep-shearing was also often done by migrant Mfengu and Thembu men.

Origin

from Xhosa umThembu.

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