Definition of umfundisi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʊmˈfʊndɪsi/
Pronunciation: /ˌʊmfʊnˈdiːzi/

noun (plural bafundisi or same)

South African
(Among speakers of Xhosa and Zulu) a teacher, priest, or missionary.
Example sentences
  • The umfundisi's traumatic journey to Johannesburg rings true to her.
  • Reverend Kumalo, the main character, is addressed as umfundisi many times in the book.
  • Thebu is living with umfundisi and is preparing to be a minister.


Early 19th century: from Xhosa and Zulu.

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