Bantu

noun
Ban·​tu | \ ˈban-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce Bantu (audio) , ˈbän- How to pronounce Bantu (audio) \
plural Bantu or Bantus

Definition of Bantu

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

First Known Use of Bantu

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Bantu

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

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“Bantu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bantu. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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