Definition of amakhosi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌamaˈkɒsi/

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plural noun

South African
Tribal leaders regarded collectively.
Example sentences
  • He said traditional leaders working alongside democratically elected officials in local government structures was one way to solve the differences between the government and the amakhosi on this matter.
  • The National House of Traditional Leaders said on Wednesday that there had been no progress in negotiations with government on the powers and functions of the amakhosi within the country's new municipal structures.
  • Nonkonyana said the amakhosi were concerned that the government had so far made no progress, despite promised public hearings on the bill at the end of February.


Zulu and Xhosa, plural of inkosi 'ruler, chief'.

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