Definition of Xhosa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊsə/
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːsə/

noun (plural same or Xhosas)

1A member of a South African people traditionally living in the province of Eastern Cape. They form the second largest ethnic group in South Africa after the Zulus.
Example sentences
  • His playmates were Xhosa children and he was to retain a lifelong fluency in the language.
  • We know much about the shifting value of beads in trade with the Xhosa.
  • The Zulus supported the apartheid regime and are a thorn in the side of the new government, which is dominated by the Xhosas.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Xhosa, related to Zulu and spoken by over 7 million people. It is one of the official languages of South Africa. Also called isiXhosa. young people recited verses in Xhosa
More example sentences
  • To add to that she has very little or no knowledge of Zulu or Xhosa, languages which Mafikizolo uses.
  • Do we have anything similar for it in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa or Zulu perhaps?
  • Performed in Zulu, Afrikaans, English and Xhosa, each performer speaks in his or her native language.


Relating to the Xhosa or their language.
Example sentences
  • Little is known about the color symbolism of Xhosa beads apart from white.
  • This skirt is still worn today, in a simplified version, by some Xhosa women on ceremonial occasions.
  • And I had to tell them it was on male circumcision amongst the Xhosa tribes.


From the stem of Xhosa umXhosa (plural amaXhosa).

Words that rhyme with Xhosa

Chaucer, courser, endorser (US indorser), enforcer, forcer, reinforcer, saucer

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