Bantu

Bantu

[ban-too]
noun, plural Bantus (especially collectively) Bantu.
1.
a member of any of several peoples forming a linguistically and in some respects culturally interrelated family in central and southern Africa.
2.
a grouping of more than 500 languages of central and southern Africa, as Kikuyu, Swahili, Tswana, and Zulu, all related within a subbranch of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Kordofanian family.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Bantu or the Bantu peoples.

non-Bantu, noun, adjective
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Bantu (ˈbɑːntʊ, ˈbæntuː, bænˈtuː)
 
n , -tu, -tus
1.  a group of languages of Africa, including most of the principal languages spoken from the equator to the Cape of Good Hope, but excluding the Khoisan family: now generally regarded as part of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family
2.  taboo (South African) a Black speaker of a Bantu language
 
adj
3.  denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of peoples or to any of their languages
 
usage  Use of the term Bantu is only acceptable outside South Africa and when talking about this group of languages and their speakers. To refer to African people or peoples, the terms Black and African are acceptable within South Africa

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Bantu
1862, applied to south African language group by W.H.I. Bleek, from native Ba-ntu "mankind," from ba-, plural prefix + ntu "a man, person."
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