noun \ˈzī(-ə)r, zä-ˈir\
plural zaires or zaire

Definition of ZAIRE

:  the basic monetary unit of Democratic Republic of the Congo (1967–71) and of Zaire (1971–96)

Origin of ZAIRE

French zaïre, from Zaïre, former name (1971–97) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
First Known Use: 1967


geographical name Za·ire \zä-ˈir\

Definition of ZAIRE

river in Africa — see congo 1
— see congo 2
Za·ir·ean or Za·ir·ian \zä-ˈir-ē-ən\ adjective or noun
ZAIRES Defined for Kids


geographical name \zä-ˈir also ˈzīr\

Definition of ZAIRE for Kids

river in Africa — see CONGO


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