Zulu

noun
Zu·lu | \ˈzü-(ˌ)lü \
plural Zulu or Zulus

Definition of Zulu 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Natal

2 : the Bantu language of the Zulus

Zulu

communications code word

Definition of Zulu (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter z

Other Words from Zulu

Noun

Zulu adjective

First Known Use of Zulu

Noun

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Zulu

Noun

Zulu -zula (as in isiZulu the Zulu language)

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zuisin

zuke

Zuloaga

Zulu

Zululand

Zuma

Zumba

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Zulu

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Zulu

: a member of a group of people living mostly in South Africa

: the language of the Zulu people

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