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[zan-zuh-bahr, zan-zuh-bahr] /ˈzæn zəˌbɑr, ˌzæn zəˈbɑr/
an island off the E coast of Africa: with Pemba and adjacent small islands it formerly comprised a sultanate under British protection; became independent in 1963; now part of Tanzania. 640 sq. mi. (1658 sq. km).
a seaport on W Zanzibar, Tanzania.
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Zanzibari, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • An inhabitant of the Sultanate of Zanzibar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • On the 16th of April the 'Aurora' dropped anchor in the harbour of Zanzibar.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Ivory from Zanzibar, salt from Cadiz and wines from Bordeaux.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Johnson slapped Zanzibar on the shoulder, and the colt moved off in the gloom.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • He drove his heels into Zanzibar's sides and crouched low in the saddle.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Instead of calling at Zanzibar, this time it went clear to Suez!


    Stephen French Whitman
  • There are just as many kinds of people in Okoochee as there are in Zanzibar.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • But his oil, all day long and all night too, was swishing in its 96tanks on the course to Zanzibar.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for Zanzibar


an island in the Indian Ocean, off the E coast of Africa: settled by Persians and Arabs from the 7th century onwards; became a flourishing trading centre for slaves, ivory, and cloves; made a British protectorate in 1890, becoming independent within the Commonwealth in 1963 and a republic in 1964; joined with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Pop: 622 459 (2002)
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