Definition of Nguni in English:

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Pronunciation: /əNGˈɡo͞onē/

noun (plural same)

1A member of a group of peoples living mainly in southern Africa.
Example sentences
  • Southern tribes include the Tsonga, the Karanga, the Chopi, the Shona, and the Nguni.
  • About three-quarters of the clan groups are Nguni; the remainder are Sotho and Tsonga.
  • An additional 24 African DNA samples (from the Nguni, Sotho-Tswanga, and Tsonga groups of South Africa) were provided by H. Soodyall.
2The group of closely related Bantu languages, including Ndebele, Swazi, Xhosa, and Zulu, spoken by the Nguni.
Example sentences
  • The population of South Africa is made up of the indigenous inhabitants who speak two major Bantu languages, Nguni and Sotho, and European settlers, consisting mainly of Dutch and English.
  • Outside in the garden is a peace pole, a two-metre high cement pole with four messages on each edge, in four different languages: Nguni, English, Sotho and Chinese.
  • The two guys also file their stories in vernacular, i.e. Nguni as well as in SeSotho.


Relating to the Nguni or their languages.
Example sentences
  • We are supposed to sing this insulting hymn of surrender in FOUR languages - two Nguni languages, Afrikaans and English - and no other country I can think of, or any you could tell me of, has sunk so low!
  • Zambia was settled by Nguni people in flight from Zululand in 1835, but was also subject throughout much of the 19th century to Arab slave-traders.
  • Black Umfolosi exemplifies the mbubu tradition of Nguni vocals and harmony sung a cappella.


From Zulu.

Words that rhyme with Nguni

cartoony, lacunae, loony, Moonie, moony, puny, Rooney, spoony, uni

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Syllabification: Ngu·ni

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