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- (East Africa) An elder (old person).
- 2003, Ward S Just, The American Ambassador:
- ...every President since Teddy Roosevelt saw Africa in the faces of her mzees, in their English suits or tribal robes...
- 2005, Ernest Hemingway, Robert William Lewis, Under Kilimanjaro
- It is difficult to be both and the older mzees resent the irregularity of the position.
- 2006, Edward I Steinhart, Black poachers, white hunters: a social history of hunting in colonial Kenya:
- ...we arranged an impromptu interview with this reluctant and less than candid local mzee, who lived near the Tsavo boundary.
From -zee (“old”).
- elder, respected old person
- title of respect to anyone older than oneself, including parents