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[zan-zuh-bahr, zan-zuh-bahr] /ˈzæn zəˌbɑr, ˌzæn zəˈbɑr/
an island off the E coast of Africa: with Pemba and adjacent small islands it formerly comprised a sultanate under British protection; became independent in 1963; now part of Tanzania. 640 sq. mi. (1658 sq. km).
a seaport on W Zanzibar, Tanzania.
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Zanzibari, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • But the fact that a white man, even an American, was about to enter Africa was soon known all over Zanzibar.

    How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley
  • Ivory from Zanzibar, salt from Cadiz and wines from Bordeaux.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • My letter from Zanzibar, in which I said I was starting for the world's end.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • Johnson slapped Zanzibar on the shoulder, and the colt moved off in the gloom.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • A stranger able to find his way about Zanzibar must have a pretty level head.

  • There are just as many kinds of people in Okoochee as there are in Zanzibar.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Zanzibar, albeit not one of the most civilised cities, boasted such an establishment, kept by a personage yclept French Charlie.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • But his oil, all day long and all night too, was swishing in its 96tanks on the course to Zanzibar.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for Zanzibar


an island in the Indian Ocean, off the E coast of Africa: settled by Persians and Arabs from the 7th century onwards; became a flourishing trading centre for slaves, ivory, and cloves; made a British protectorate in 1890, becoming independent within the Commonwealth in 1963 and a republic in 1964; joined with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Pop: 622 459 (2002)
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