Definition of Zimbabwe in English:


Line breaks: Zim|babwe
Pronunciation: /zɪmˈbɑːbwi
, -weɪ/
A landlocked country in SE Africa, divided from Zambia by the Zambezi River; population 11,392,600 (est. 2009); languages, English (official), Shona, Ndebele, and others; capital, Harare.

Formerly known as Southern Rhodesia, the country was a self-governing British colony from 1923. In 1965 the white minority government of the colony (then called Rhodesia) issued a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) under its Prime Minister, Ian Smith. Despite UN sanctions, illegal independence lasted until 1979, when the Lancaster House Agreement led to all-party elections (1980) and black majority rule under Robert Mugabe. The country then became an independent republic and a member of the Commonwealth. In 2002, following controversial land reforms, Mugabe was returned to power in a presidential election widely regarded as undemocratic: as a result Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth for twelve months, and then chose to withdraw


from Shona dzimbabwe 'walled grave', originally referring to Great Zimbabwe, a complex of stone ruins in one of the country's fertile valleys, the remains of a city at the centre of a flourishing civilization in the 14th and 15th centuries.



Pronunciation: /-wɪən, -weɪən/
adjective& noun
More example sentences
  • It was a marvelous performance as they trounced the Zimbabweans.
  • She hopes she can help encourage donations towards providing 100,000 Zimbabweans with basic food and medicines.
  • In addition, increasing numbers of Zimbabweans appear to be acquiescing to the notion of one-party rule.

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