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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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Being a fellow Xhosa, Mandela thought that Mbeki was likely to continue his legacy and ensure the ANC survived a Zulu onslaught from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
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In addition to describing PhilipsAEs efforts to end slavery and stop the dispossession of the Xhosa people, the book also details his interactions with Dutch and English colonists and his conflicts with other missionaries and the colonial government in South Africa.
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He can speak a variety of languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.