noun \ˈō-sə, ˈhō-, ˈkō- or with for ō\

Definition of XHOSA

:  a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Eastern Cape province
:  a Bantu language of the Xhosas

Origin of XHOSA

Xhosa -xhosa (as in umXhosa a Xhosa person)
First Known Use: 1801


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Xhosa women dancing as they return to their village from the fields.—Authenticated News International

People living primarily in East Cape province, South Africa. They form part of the southern Nguni group of Bantu-speaking peoples. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the series of conflicts called the Cape Frontier Wars engaged the Xhosa against the European settlers. Eventually the Xhosa were defeated and their territory annexed. Between 1959 and 1961 the Xhosa inhabited the nonindependent black states of Transkei and Ciskei created by the white South African government. In the 1960s many Xhosa became migrant labourers. Today they number some 7.8 million.


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