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or Zaïre

[zah-eer, zah-eer] /zɑˈɪər, ˈzɑ ɪər/
Republic of, a former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
official name within the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the Congo River (the term Congo River is more widely used elsewhere). Unabridged
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  • zaïre was the first play in which French characters appeared upon the tragic stage.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • But he hastened to write to Murray, "Voltaire wrote: zaïre, vous pleurez; don't forget."

British Dictionary definitions for zaïre


the former name (1971–97) of the Democratic Republic of Congo
(formerly) the Zaïrian name (1971–97) for the (River) Congo (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for zaïre


African nation (1971-1997), from an early alternative name of the Congo River, from Kikongo nzai, dialectal form of nzadi "river."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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zaïre in Culture
Zaire [(zeye-eer)]

See Democratic Republic of Congo.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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