Definition of umfundisi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʊmˈfʊndɪsi
, ˌʊmfʊnˈdiːzi/

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.

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