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Nyamwezi Line breaks: Nya|mwezi
Pronunciation: /ˌnjamˈweɪzi/

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Definition of Nyamwezi in English:

noun (plural same or Nyamwezis)

1A member of a people inhabiting western Tanzania.
Example sentences
  • At the same time, formal education equips the Nyamwezi with basic skills for life in modern Tanzanian society.
  • Besides the tourist market, the Nyamwezi in former times carved thrones for their chiefs.
  • The Nyamwezi (originally and also Wanyamwezi) are the second-largest of over 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Nyamwezi, related to Sukuma and having about 900,000 speakers.
Example sentences
  • Sukuma and Nyamwezi, spoken in western Tanzania, form a dialect continuum.
  • Hulu may mean ‘Cease’ and ‘Desist’ in Swahili but Lulu means ‘bitter’ in Nyamwezi, Nyaturucha, and Sukuma.


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Relating to the Nyamwezi or their language.
Example sentences
  • Relations with the ancestors and respect for Nyamwezi traditions are maintained through ritual activity such as animal sacrifices and other ceremonies.
  • It unraveled in the second half of the nineteenth century as the Nyamwezi trader, Msiri, allied with Swahili traders, intervened in succession disputes and undermined the integrity of the kingdom.
  • Sungusungu is often referred to as an ‘army of the ancestors’ because of its close emergence within the Sukuma and Nyamwezi ethnic groups.


A local name.

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