Bantu

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noun Ban·tu \ˈban-(ˌ)tü, ˈbän-\

Definition of Bantu

plural

Bantu

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Bantus

  1. 1 :  a family of Niger-Congo languages spoken in central and southern Africa

  2. 2 :  a member of any of a group of African peoples who speak Bantu languages

Origin and Etymology of bantu

ba-, a plural noun classifier + -ntu, noun base meaning “person” in several Bantu languages


First Known Use: 1862


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