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Ndebele

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Pronunciation: /ˌ(ə)ndəˈbiːliː
 
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Definition of Ndebele in English:

noun (plural same or Ndebeles)

1A member of a people of Zimbabwe and NE South Africa. See also Matabele.
Example sentences
  • Now we are whites, blacks, coloureds, Asians, Shonas, Ndebeles…
  • The anger of the Ndebeles - who make up roughly 20% of Zimbabwe's 12.7 million people - has reached crisis level.
  • The Ndebeles consider themselves part of the Zulu nation and would ideally like to break away and form a new country with the Zulus in South Africa.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Ndebele, with over 1 million speakers. Also called Sindebele.
Example sentences
  • The official language is English, and there are four indigenous languages - Shona, Ndebele, Venda, and Tonga.
  • As a further mark of its ethnic diversity, South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, and Sotho.
  • It is a Bantu language closely related to Zulu, Swazi, and Ndebele.

adjective

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Relating to the Ndebele or their language.
Example sentences
  • Our rallying cry is ‘Sokwanele’ in the Ndebele language and ‘Zvakwana’ in Shona, meaning quite simply ‘Enough is enough’.
  • Toward the end of the first half of the twentieth century, their identity being threatened, Ndebele women began to paint walls of their houses and yards in colored geometric motifs.
  • The murals became a highly visible assertion of Ndebele identity.

Origin

the name in the Nguni languages.

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