Ven·​da ˈven-də How to pronounce Venda (audio)
: a Bantu language spoken by a people of Northern province, Republic of South Africa
also : a member of this people

Word History


borrowed from Venda -venḓa, a self-designation (in Vhavenḓa "the Venda people," Tshivenḓa "the Venda language")

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Venda was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Venda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ven·​da ˈven-də How to pronounce Venda (audio)
former enclave in the Republic of South Africa set aside for Black people as part of a government policy of racial segregation

Note: Venda was nominally granted independence in 1979 with Thohoyandu as its capital but was reincorporated into South Africa in 1994.

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