Bantu /banˈtuː, ˈbantuː/

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I. adjective

relating to or denoting a group of Niger–Congo languages spoken in central and southern Africa, including Swahili, Xhosa, and Zulu.
II. noun

1. [ mass noun] a group of Niger–Congo languages spoken in central and southern Africa, including Swahili, Xhosa, and Zulu.
2.
‹offensive› a member of an indigenous people of central and southern Africa that speaks a Bantu language.
– origin mid 19th cent.: plural (in certain Bantu languages) of -ntu ‘person’. / usage: The word Bantu became a strongly offensive term under the old apartheid regime in South Africa, especially when used to refer to a single individual. In standard current use in South Africa the term black or African is used as a collective or non-specific term for African peoples. The term Bantu has, however, continued to be accepted as a neutral ‘scientific’ term outside South Africa used to refer to the group of languages and their speakers collectively.

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