Definition of Shangaan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃaŋɡɑːn/

noun (plural same or Shangaans)

1A member of the Tsonga people of southern Africa.
Example sentences
  • Their clients are mainly taxi drivers and marshals, mostly migrant Shangaans from Mozambique who relish food from their homeland.
  • Only the Tsonga / Shangaan, however, have continued their beadwork traditions to the present day.
  • Others are labelled Tsonga / Shangaan or even Ndau / Shangaan, and could be from Zimbabwe or South Africa.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Shangaan.
Example sentences
  • He had also spoken to the officers in English, so they made him speak in his vernacular, which is Shangaan - a language that is also spoken in Mozambique.
  • Anyway, the waitress is fluent in English too, and Shangaan.


Relating to the Shangaan or their language.
Example sentences
  • Led by Pedi and Shangaan workers, the strike had wide support - a figure of 71,000, or one-third of the total, is often quoted.
  • ‘Moving into Dance will present an Afro-fusion choreographed performance, while music will be provided by a variety of performers, including pantsula and Shangaan dancers,’ the statement said.
  • Choreographed by Dumsani Thusi, it incorporates Shangaan dance and includes live drummers.


Probably named after the founding chief Soshangane.

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Line breaks: Shan|gaan

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