Bantustan

noun
Ban·​tu·​stan | \ ˌban-tü-ˈstan How to pronounce Bantustan (audio) , ˌbän-tü-ˈstän, ˈban-tü-ˌstan, ˈbän-tü-ˌstän, -tə- How to pronounce Bantustan (audio) \

Definition of Bantustan

: any of several all-Black enclaves formerly in the Republic of South Africa that had a limited degree of self-government

First Known Use of Bantustan

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Bantustan

Bantu + -stan land (as in Hindustan)

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“Bantustan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bantustan. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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