Meaning of wildebeest in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪldəbiːst/ /ˈvɪldəbiːst/

Translate wildebeest into Spanish

nounwildebeest, wildebeests

  • A large dark African antelope with a long head, a beard and mane, and a sloping back.

    Also called gnu

    Genus Connochaetes, family Bovidae: two species, in particular the abundant blue wildebeest or brindled gnu (C. taurinus)

    ‘To get to class, students travel a path known as the Warthog Trot, a winding trail through the bush that's also used by giraffes, kudu, wildebeests, and impalas.’
    • ‘They are typically graceful, having long legs and horns, and include the eland, wildebeest, gazelle, springbok, hartebeest, impala, etc.’
    • ‘The grazers are mainly antelope, wildebeest, hartebeest, oribi, impala, gazelle, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope.’
    • ‘In a terrestrial context this scenario might be likened to gazelles, wildebeests, and lions gathering around a watering hole.’
    • ‘Zebras therefore tend to be the first species to utilize an area, and they are followed by wildebeests and gazelles after they have trampled and cropped the grass short.’
    • ‘Cheetahs use their speed to outrun their prey, which includes such fleet-footed creatures as gazelles and wildebeests.’
    • ‘We walked for hours in the warm sun of the African spring, and in the near distance saw impalas, zebras, a few elephants, wildebeests, and giraffes, as well as the ever-present vervet monkeys catching air between branches.’
    • ‘Kenya is also home to some of the world's most spectacular wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, antelope, wildebeests, and many rare and beautiful species of birds.’
    • ‘Disunity can also prove fatal - wildebeests or caribou that stray away from the main herd are far more likely to fall victim to lions or wolves.’
    • ‘Some other interesting wildlife here includes giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, blue wildebeest, gemsbok and black rhino.’
    • ‘Midway between the panorama and the four bizarre leonine images is a third panel, showing two lions below a bison that looks directly at them, just as modern-day wildebeests warily eye African lions on the Serengeti Plain.’
    • ‘In the last flush of the setting sun, impalas and wildebeest pull tighter together and drift toward deep cover before nightfall.’
    • ‘So even if it means a person actually targeted a wildebeest or impala, it's definitely going to end up catching a rhino in a way they set up the snares.’
    • ‘Nearby, groups of wildebeest, nyala antelope and zebra milled about their cages and enormous white rhinos rested on their sides in their long pens.’
    • ‘First in were wildebeest, zebras and giraffes, and then, after ten years, predators were introduced - two prides of lions, cheetahs and a pack of wild dogs.’
    • ‘In less than an hour the assembled scavengers had picked the wildebeest's bones clean.’
    • ‘He also established game on the farm - wildebeest, zebra, blesbok, duiker and jackals.’
    • ‘By day, follow expert Masai guides on foot to spot lions, cheetahs, and wildebeests without disturbing their habitats.’
    • ‘The delta is filled with wildlife - wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, elephant, zebra and buffalo have all found a home here.’
    • ‘You'll get up close to the wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest, and all riding abilities are catered for, including beginners.’


Early 19th century from Afrikaans, literally ‘wild beast’.