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[mat-uh-bee-lee] /ˌmæt əˈbi li/
noun, plural Matabeles (especially collectively) Matabele.
Ndebele (def 1).
Origin of Matabele
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The next factor to reckon with was the Matabele nation and its chief, Lobengula.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • Against these the Matabele with all their bravery could effect little.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • It is nothing like the work we have in the Matabele mounted police, eh, John?

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • He pointed in a dignified way towards the Matabele impi in the distance. '

  • He strode straight away, with these words, towards the Matabele hosts.

  • "The Matabele killed these in the time of Moselikatse," he said.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • All this while there was no sign of any attack by the Matabele.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • A week passed since the Matabele attack, and nothing had happened.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • "I am afraid there is an end," she said, pointing to the Matabele below.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • The Matabele might even now be lurking about the kraal—for the bodies were hardly cold.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for Matabele


/ˌmætəˈbiːlɪ; -ˈbɛlɪ/
(pl) -les, -le. a member of a formerly warlike people of southern Africa, now living in Zimbabwe: driven out of the Transvaal by the Boers in 1837 Now known as Ndebele
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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