Definition of Bantustan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbantuːˈstɑːn/
Pronunciation: /ˌbantuːˈstan/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


South African historical, derogatory
A partially self-governing area set aside during the period of apartheid for a particular indigenous African people; a so-called homeland.
Example sentences
  • There are obvious parallels with the creation of so-called tribal homelands, or Bantustans by the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
  • It's not even Bantustans, like in apartheid South Africa, that they have in mind.
  • They ran the Bantustans and helped administer the Bantu Authorities Act.


From Bantu + -stan, on the pattern of words such as Hindustan.

Words that rhyme with Bantustan

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