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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.
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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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AI lyk dit asof dit Xhosaweerwraak teen die koloniale gesag onderskryf, is my argument dat die gedig duidelik ongemaklik is met die andersheid van die Xhosas en dat dit hierdie bedreiging binne die konvensies van Walter Scott se romans oor sigeuners of die "wild picturesque" probeer bevat.
Once considered an obsolete or politically incorrect subject to broach, the growing rift among the Zulus and the Xhosas has become a politically relevant issue with the birth of COPE.
A family member's response: "When she was born there was a war between the Xhosas and the Zulus in Durban, where she was born.
The general informants were registered nurses, who were Xhosas themselves, who rendered direct patient care in either the surgical out-patient department or the female surgical ward of the hospital where the key informants received treatment for breast cancer.
But his most important name, the initiation name given to teenage Xhosas when they have undergone ritual circumcision, is Dalibunga.
He died in 1835 at the hands of George Southney, a military guide of Scottish descent, in the Sixth Frontier War between the Cape Colony and the Xhosas.
Its all-volunteer membership is made up of many different tribal groups, including Zulus, Xhosas and Vendas.
This won't happen until Whites and Blacks, Afrikaners and English-speakers, Asians and Coloureds (people of mixed race), Zulus and Xhosas and others come to regard themselves simply as human beings and South Africans (or whatever nationality is given to this nation in transformation).
Peires, the South African academic who undertook the first book-length study of the Cattle-Killing, has attempted to answer why the Xhosas in the late nineteenth century were prepared to listen to a prophetess:
The Xhosas have a saying that the foot does not sniff, that is, you may land where you never thought you would ever be.
The passage in question is also an index to the novel's debate around the issues of alterities such as us/them, Believers/Unbelievers, and the effects of colonisation on the present generation of Xhosas living in the Eastern Cape.
Biography in the praise poem: the contribution of Antjie Krog along with two Xhosa praise poets