Definition of Swazi in English:

Swazi

Pronunciation /ˈswäzē/ /ˈswɑzi/

nounSwazi, Swazis

  • 1A member of a people traditionally inhabiting eSwatini (Swaziland) and Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

    • ‘Many Swazis find work in South African mines, and much of Swaziland's electricity is imported from South Africa.’
    • ‘The Zulu kingdom on the east coast, north of Natal, was the largest; the Swazi, Tswana, Pedi, Venda, Mpondo, and Thembu remained substantial chiefdoms.’
    • ‘Chilufya was one of the two members from Southern Africa, together with a Swazi, elected on the board dominated by North and West Africa.’
    • ‘In the late 1830s, initial contact occurred among the Swazi, the Boers, and the British.’
    • ‘More than 2000 Swazis, including representatives of worker, student and political organisations, attended Sunday's meeting in the Mpumalanga town close to the Swazi border.’
    • ‘Rural Swazis divide tasks according to sex, age, and social status.’
    • ‘Three other people, a Zimbabwean and two Swazis, were diagnosed with cholera last week but were all discharged.’
    • ‘Many Swazis respect and rely on traditional medicine and healers in what has remained a highly conservative society.’
    • ‘The Swazi believe strongly in respect for age.’
    • ‘The Swazi traditionally have not held the actual age of a person to be vitally important.’
    • ‘Inuit turn to their elders, Swazis seek their go gos.’
    • ‘More than a million ethnic Swazi reside in South Africa.’
    • ‘The result was the emergence of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Venda, Swazi, Sotho, Tswana, and Tsonga nations, along with the white Afrikaners.’
    • ‘At stake is the future of millions of South Africans like Swazi.’
    1. 1.1A native or inhabitant of eSwatini (Swaziland).
      • ‘The turnout was far smaller than the 250,000 Swazis who came to the last national gathering several years ago, where Mswati announced the appointment of a new prime minister.’
      • ‘Mashaba also claimed the Swazis cancelled their scheduled friendly against Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday because they feared that Mashaba would send his spies to watch the game.’
      • ‘The Swazis, however, with their lack of resources have never featured at either the World Cup or Nations Cup levels.’
      • ‘The Swazis frustrated the more skillful and quicker home side by playing the off-side trap continually.’
      • ‘There was no stopping the Swazis in the second set in this championship and they won the third and fourth sets 25-21 and 25-16 respectively.’
      • ‘He told Swazis that Britain has a R1 billion business providing cannabis-based pain killers to hospitals, and tests are now underway to use the medicine to beat AIDS and cancer.’
      • ‘About 10,000 Swazis arrived by truck, buses and on foot yesterday morning to a national meeting called by their king to hear of planned changes to the country's constitution.’
      • ‘Now, Swazis insist that they are proud to be a kingdom, so the task at hand is to find a way to make the monarchy work while the rights of the people are respected.’
      • ‘Following Mswati's death, the Swazis reached agreements with British and South African authorities over a range of issues, including independence, claims on resources by Europeans, administrative authority, and security.’
      • ‘The money spent for the king's jet should have been used for buying food for the starving Swazis,’ said Pat Dlamini, a civil servant in the capital here.’
      • ‘Matsebula ruled that statements allegedly made by Masuku during a pro-democracy rally on November 7, 2000 could only be taken by the average Swazi as meaning that he sought the ouster of the king and his government.’
      • ‘Several days later, on a climb called Rude Bushman, my partner is a dreadlocked 25-year-old Swazi named Thulani Mazibuko.’
  • 2The Nguni language of the Swazi, an official language in eSwatini (Swaziland) and South Africa.

adjective

  • Relating to eSwatini (Swaziland), the Swazis, or their language.

    • ‘The Swazi language is referred to as ‘siSwati.’’
    • ‘The sight of a woman's buttocks is a strong insult in Swazi culture.’
    • ‘No barrier divides them, but the transition between gardened avenues and ramshackle Swazi township is stark.’
    • ‘Fame and the chance of international stardom have not made him lose sight of his Swazi roots.’
    • ‘As noted in the description of traditional Swazi beliefs regarding development, the siSwati language includes various terms for males and females.’

Origin

From the name of Mswati, a 19th-century king of the Swazis.

Pronunciation

Swazi

/ˈswäzē/ /ˈswɑzi/