geographical name Zan·zi·bar \ˈzan-zə-ˌbär\
variants: or Swahili



Definition of Zanzibar

  1. 1 island of eastern Africa off the northeastern Tanzania mainland area 600 square miles (1554 square kilometers), population 700,000 Zanzibar was formerly a sultanate. With Pemba and adjacent islands it formed a British protectorate. It became independent in 1963 and united with Tanganyika in 1964 to form Tanzania.

  2. 2 city and port on the island of Zanzibar population 223,033 The city of Zanzibar is the capital of the island and was formerly capital of the protectorate.


play \ˌzan-zə-ˈbär-ē\ noun or adjective

ZANZIBAR Defined for English Language Learners


geographical name Zan·zi·bar \ˈzan-zə-ˌbär\

Definition of Zanzibar for English Language Learners

  • : island of Tanzania

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