Bantu

noun

plural Bantu or Bantus
1
: a family of Niger-Congo languages spoken in central and southern Africa
2
: a member of any of a group of African peoples who speak Bantu languages

Examples of Bantu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Bantu culture, Salim explains, the two balance each other. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 Although the language of each law differs across the states that draft them, CROWN Act laws generally prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles that are commonly associated with a particular race or culture, including Black hairstyles like locs, braids or Bantu knots. Chandelis Duster, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 The title beast’s intermittent narration shifts at various points from Afrikaans to the Namibian Bantu language Mbukushu to Castilian, often accompanied by his fellow hippos grunting and mooing. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 The languages include Punjabi, Turkish, Russian, Tunisian Arabic, Korean and Bantu. Anne Wallentine, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 This is The Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu, created by the South African performance artist Albert Ibokwe Khoza. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 The beneficiaries include East County Economic Development Council Foundation, the Neighborhood House Association Urban Corps of San Diego, La Maestra, Palomar Health Foundation, Vista Community Clinic and Somali Bantu Association of America. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2023 The suit states that on Aug. 20, Weekes-Rivera, 38, arrived to work with her hair arranged in Bantu knots, a style in which the hair is sectioned and twisted around its base to form a spiral. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 The Bantu descend from many Bantu ethnic groups, primarily from the Niger-Congo region of Africa. Jocelyn Ruggiero, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

ba-, a plural noun classifier + -ntu, noun base meaning "person" in several Bantu languages

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bantu was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Bantu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bantu. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Bantu

noun
plural Bantu or Bantus
1
: a group of African languages spoken in central and southern Africa
2
: a member of any of a group of African peoples who speak Bantu languages
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