Bantu

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See also: bantu, bantú, bàntú, and bǎntú

English[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *bàntʊ̀ pl (people), as reconstructed by the 19th-century linguist Wilhelm Bleek.

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Bantu (countable and uncountable, plural Bantus or Bantu)

  1. (countable) A member of any of the African ethnic groups that speak a Bantu language.
  2. (South Africa, dated, now offensive) A black South African.
  3. (uncountable) The largest African language family of the Niger-Congo group, spoken in much of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Black South Africans were at times officially called "Bantus" by the Apartheid regime. New legislation and documents from the South African government have replaced "Bantu" with "Black" due to the former word's derogatory connotations. Outside Southern Africa the term is still widely used as a term for the Bantu-speaking peoples.

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German[edit]

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Bantu n (proper noun, strong, genitive Bantu or Bantus)

  1. Bantu (language family)

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Bantu m (strong, genitive Bantu or Bantus, plural Bantu or Bantus)

  1. Bantu speaker (male or of unspecified gender)

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Bantu f (genitive Bantu, plural Bantu or Bantus)

  1. female Bantu speaker

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

Internationalism; compare English Bantu, ultimately Proto-Bantu *bàntʊ̀.

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Bantu m pers (indeclinable)

  1. Bantu (member of any of the Bantu tribes)

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bantu in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • Bantu in Polish dictionaries at PWN