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n. pl. Ndebele or Nde·be·les
1. A member of a Zulu people of southwest Zimbabwe.
2. The Nguni language of the Ndebele, closely related to Zulu spoken in South Africa. In both senses also called Matabele.

[Ndebele -Ndebele (as in amaNdebele, Ndebele people, and isiNdebele, Ndebele language); perhaps akin to Sotho Matebele, Zulu peoples entering Sotho territories in the 19th century; see Matabele.]


npl Ndebele
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Zimbabwe. See also Matabele
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu grouping of the Niger-Congo family
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Noun1.Ndebele - a Bantu language sometimes considered a dialect of Zulu
Nguni - a group of southern Bantu languages
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I met with local artisans, met art teachers and spoke with Zulu tribemembers, as well as the Ndebele, to discuss their culture and art with them.
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The British, in particular, had a fondness for 'warrior tribes' in Africa, the Hausa of Nigeria, the Masai of Kenya, the Ndebele of then Southern Rhodesia and so on, just as they had for the 'martial' Gurkhas and Sikhs on the Indian sub-continent.
and internationally for its African Writers Series, recently launched the Mamela Afrika Series, contemporary African literature including writers in one of South Africa's nine indigenous languages--Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Ndebele, Pedi, Swazi, Tsonga, Venda and Tswana.