Zanzibar

geographical name
Zan·​zi·​bar | \ ˈzan-zə-ˌbär How to pronounce Zanzibar (audio) \
variants: or Swahili Unguja \ üŋ-​ˈgü-​jä How to pronounce Zanzibar (audio) \

Definition of Zanzibar

1 island of eastern Africa off the northeastern Tanzania mainland area 600 square miles (1554 square kilometers), population 700,000

Note: 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 city and port on the island of Zanzibar population 223,033

Note: The city of Zanzibar is the capital of the island and was formerly capital of the protectorate.

Other Words from Zanzibar

Zanzibari \ ˌzan-​zə-​ˈbär-​ē How to pronounce Zanzibar (audio) \ noun or adjective

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“Zanzibar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zanzibar. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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