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Za·ire

 (zī′îr, zä-îr′)
See Congo.

Za·ir′e·an, Za·ir′i·an adj. & n.
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zaire

(zɑːˈɪə)
n
1. (Currencies) the basic monetary unit used in Zaïre from 1967-1996 and equivalent to 100 makuta
2. (Historical Terms) the basic monetary unit used in Zaïre from 1967-1996 and equivalent to 100 makuta

Zaïre

(zɑːˈɪə)
n
1. (Placename) the former name (1971–97) of the Democratic Republic of Congo
2. (Placename) (formerly) the Zaïrian name (1971–97) for the (River) Congo3
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za•ire

(zɑˈɪər, ˈzɑ ɪər)

n., pl. za•ire.
the basic monetary unit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Za•ire

or Za•ïre

(zɑˈɪər, ˈzɑ ɪər)

n.
1. a former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2. official name within the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the Congo River.
Za•ir′i•an, Za•ir′e•an, adj., n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zaire - the basic unit of money in Zairezaire - the basic unit of money in Zaire  
Zairese monetary unit - monetary unit in Zaire
likuta - 100 makuta equal 1 zaire in Zaire
2.zaire - a republic in central AfricaZaire - a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
Goma - a city in eastern Congo at the northern end of Lake Kivu near the border with Rwanda
Kananga, Luluabourg - a city in southwestern Congo; former name (until 1966) was Luluabourg
Kinshasa, Leopoldville - the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
Elisabethville, Lubumbashi - a city in southeastern Congo near the border with Zambia; a copper mining center; former name (until 1966) was Elisabethville
Nyamuragira - an active volcano in eastern Congo
Nyiragongo - an active volcano in eastern Congo
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Congo River, Zaire River, Congo - a major African river (one of the world's longest); flows through Congo into the South Atlantic
Kasai, Kasai River, River Kasai - a river of southwestern Africa that rises in central Angola and flows east and then north (forming part of the border between Angola and Congo) and continuing northwest through Congo to empty into the Congo River on the border between Congo and Republic of the Congo
Kivu, Lake Kivu - a lake in the mountains of central Africa between Congo and Rwanda
Lake Edward - a lake in the Great Rift Valley between Congo and Uganda
Chiluba, Luba - a member of a Bantu people in southeastern Congo
Congolese - a native or inhabitant of the Republic of the Congo
Zairean, Zairese - a native or inhabitant of Zaire
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Translations
Zaire
Zair
ザイール

Zaire

[zɑːˈiːəʳ] NZaire m
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Zaïre

[zɑːˈɪər] nZaïre m
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Zaire

n (Hist) → Zaire nt
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Zaire

[zɑːˈiːəʳ] nlo Zaire m
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In 1978, the Front de liberation nationale congolaise took a group of Europeans and Zairians hostage, and France and Belgium launched these military interventions, as the Zairian military was unable to stage a counteroffensive and liberate them.
Angola achieved independence in 1975 but even before this could be fully realized the conflict became internationalized--with the Soviets backing the fellow MPLA Marxists; the Chinese (at this point the bitter rivals of the USSR for the dominance in the international communist movement) throwing their weight behind UNITA and FNLA; and the Americans and Zairians oscillating in their support between the two anti-MPLA parties.
He said that as a result of concrete security measures, the numbers of pilgrims 'Zairians' have increased from 15000 to 150000 and no casualty took place.
Born Adrien Mombele, he became Mombele Ngantshie around 1973, when Zairians were pressured into adopting 'authentic' names, under the strictures of Mobutu's programme of cultural nationalism known as authenticite.
Refugees from other conflicts in the region also flee to Sudan, 259.057 Ethiopians, 580.173 Eritreans, 43.173 Ugandans, 4.000 Zairians and 145.835 Chadians.11 The Southern Sudanese displaced population is estimated to be 4.5 million, living both in the north and the south.
It was perhaps one of the greatest festivals of black music ever held--as the government described it 'a total victory'--and, for once, ordinary Zairians were able to enjoy some of the fruits of Mobutu's largesse courtesy of the government treasury.
Under the existing anti-market system it was good business for the Fund and marvelous for Mobutu's clique, but not for Zairians. Of course, Zairians were expected to pick up the bill.
The FNLA forces--described by a South African veteran as a "hoard of partly trained...tribesmen...Portuguese mercenaries...[and] faint-hearted Zairians..." held together by a few SADF officers and CIA advisors-lined up on the road to attack as a convoy.
314), which the Zairians had appropriated "into routines of consumption and practice" (p.
We Zairians are good people, but we've had a bad history, and it's left its mark.
In October 1984, the first team of seven Congolese (Zairians) arrived in Belgium.