Definition of Mfengu in English:

Mfengu

Pronunciation /(ə)mˈfɛŋɡuː/

noun

  • A member of a Xhosa-speaking people of south-eastern Africa descended from several refugee groups displaced during the Mfecane, which settled in the Eastern Cape and southern Transkei during the 1830s. Compare "AmaMfengu", "Fingo".

adjective

  • Of or belonging to the Mfengu, a Xhosa-speaking people of south-eastern Africa.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Catholic Encyclopaedia. From Xhosa -mfengu from -mfenguza to beg like a destitute person.