Meaning of Shangaan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃaŋɡɑːn/

nounplural noun Shangaan, plural noun Shangaans

  • 1A member of the Tsonga people of southern Africa.

    ‘Their clients are mainly taxi drivers and marshals, mostly migrant Shangaans from Mozambique who relish food from their homeland.’
    • ‘Only the Tsonga / Shangaan, however, have continued their beadwork traditions to the present day.’
    • ‘Others are labelled Tsonga / Shangaan or even Ndau / Shangaan, and could be from Zimbabwe or South Africa.’
  • 2mass noun The Bantu language of the Shangaan.

    ‘He had also spoken to the officers in English, so they made him speak in his vernacular, which is Shangaan - a language that is also spoken in Mozambique.’
    • ‘Anyway, the waitress is fluent in English too, and Shangaan.’


  • Relating to the Shangaan or their language.

    ‘Led by Pedi and Shangaan workers, the strike had wide support - a figure of 71,000, or one-third of the total, is often quoted.’
    • ‘‘Moving into Dance will present an Afro-fusion choreographed performance, while music will be provided by a variety of performers, including pantsula and Shangaan dancers,’ the statement said.’
    • ‘Choreographed by Dumsani Thusi, it incorporates Shangaan dance and includes live drummers.’
    • ‘The song was sung in public in 1899 at the ordination of Reverend Boweni, a Shangaan Methodist minister.’
    • ‘One of the highlights of this show will be the performance, by Thabisong Youth Club, of Sindomba, which combines the dramatic and meaningful movements from the Shembe, Shangaan and Tswana unspoken vocabularies.’


Probably named after the founding chief Soshangane.