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also Xo·sa  (kō′sä, -zə)
n. pl. Xhosa or Xho·sas also Xosa or Xo·sas
1. A member of a Bantu people inhabiting the eastern part of Cape Province, South Africa.
2. The Nguni language of this people, closely related to Zulu.


npl -sa or -sas
1. (Peoples) a member of a cattle-rearing Negroid people of southern Africa, living chiefly in South Africa
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family: one of the Nguni languages, closely related to Swazi and Zulu and characterized by several clicks in its sound system
ˈXhosan adj


(ˈkoʊ sə, -zə, ˈkɔ-)

n., pl. -sas, (esp. collectively) -sa.
1. a member of a Nguni people of E Cape Province, South Africa.
2. the Bantu language of the Xhosa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Xhosa - a member of the Negroid people of southern South Africa
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
2.Xhosa - a community of Negroid people in southern South Africa
3.Xhosa - a Bantu language closely related to Zulu
Nguni - a group of southern Bantu languages
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JP: Do you also do the tongue-clicking sound like Nelson Mandela and his ethnic group, the Xhosa.
This article looks into the custom of not giving names to pivotal characters in some selected Xhosa tales.
I wonder how they explain the high HIV prevalence among Xhosa men in South Africa--but otherwise their reasoning appears sound.
1) Taking up Mantel's challenge, in this article I consider how one might approach the apparently singular figure of Nontsizi Mgqwetho, a Xhosa woman who produced an extraordinary series of Christian izibongo in newspapers in the 1920s: through what kind of language, from what critical perspective, might one think and write about her; how does one understand her, account for her, give account of her?
This episode is attributed to the prophecy of the young girl Nongqawuse, which led to the Xhosa slaughtering their stock and destroying their cattle in "the expectation of the resurrection of ancestral spirits, accompanied by the provision of food from heaven" (Davenport & Saunders [1977]2000: 142).
Her rendition of native language is especially noteworthy and includes the clicking of Xhosa.
With his knowledge of the Xhosa language, he is the perfect candidate to guard and spy on Mandela (Dennis Haysbert) and his ANC comrades at the prison on Robben Island.
THE STORY: White South African James Gregory (Fiennes) learned the Xhosa language as a boy while playing with his black friend Bafana.
They worked with educators, health professionals and a professional actor to create ten sketches in the Xhosa storytelling tradition, covering information about HIV, testing, counselling, confidentiality, HIV transmission and safe sex, and HIV-related stigma.
And best of all is Bizet's stunning music, powerfully sung entirely in the Xhosa language.
And while Makhaya Ntini, Bet365's market favourite, was South Africa's star of the Test series with the ball, there is little between the big Xhosa and Pollock in their all-time ODI bowling averages.