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[zan-zuh-bahr, zan-zuh-bahr]
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  1. 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).
  2. a seaport on W Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Related formsZan·zi·ba·ri, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for zanzibar

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  • An inhabitant of the Sultanate of Zanzibar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

  • On the 16th of April the 'Aurora' dropped anchor in the harbour of Zanzibar.


    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</p>

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • He drove his heels into Zanzibar's sides and crouched low in the saddle.

    Old Man Curry</p>

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

British Dictionary definitions for zanzibar


  1. 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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