noun (plural bafundisi or same)South African
- (Among speakers of Xhosa and Zulu) a teacher, priest, or missionary.More 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.