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Zu·​lu ˈzü-(ˌ)lü How to pronounce Zulu (audio)
plural Zulu or Zulus
: a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Natal
: the Bantu language of the Zulus
Zulu adjective


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communications code word

used as a code word for the letter z

Examples of Zulu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The refurb—which cost an unspecified sum, spent by an unspecified ownership, according to the resorts rep—has ramped up the luxury of the lodge’s Zulu Zen style and added new facilities such as an infinity pool (complete with a poolside bar), a fitness room, and a spa. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2024 Right in the heart of the Big Easy, the Zulu Tramps and One Shot Brass band led the 2024 honorees for the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 11th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 5 Mar. 2024 The Krewe of Baby Doll Ladies performs as the Krewe of Zulu parade makes its way down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day on February 13, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana. CBS News, 13 Feb. 2024 Soul Sonic Force Tapes, Zulu Nation tapes, then The Funky Four tapes. John Morrison, SPIN, 13 Feb. 2024 In 1901, Zulu–the all-Black krewe and Social Aid and Pleasure Club, formed as a marching club in protest and mockery of existing all-white krewes. Cierra Chenier, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 In 1979, a movie was made about Isandlwana called Zulu Dawn, and Col. Durnford was played by Burt Lancaster. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2024 Attorney Zulu Ali and Attorney Whitney Ali were recognized for their contributions and were listed as two of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), Law and Justice Edition. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 Gregory Men’s Zulu 30 Pack in Fiery Red, $120 (originally $160) Deuter Speed Lite 21 Pack, $60 (originally $80) Sherpani Women’s Cabo Convertible Pack, $52 (originally $75) Love a great deal? Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History



Zulu -zula (as in isiZulu the Zulu language)

First Known Use


1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Communications Code Word

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Zulu was in 1824

Dictionary Entries Near Zulu

Cite this Entry

“Zulu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zulu. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural Zulu or Zulus
: a member of a Bantu-speaking people of South Africa
Zulu adjective

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