Tutu

[ too-too ]
/ ˈtu tu /

noun

Desmond (Mpi·lo) [uh m-pee-loh] /əmˈpi loʊ/, born 1931, South African Anglican clergyman and civil-rights activist: Nobel Peace Prize 1984; archbishop of Cape Town since 1986.
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British Dictionary definitions for desmond tutu (1 of 4)

Desmond Tutu

/ (ˌdɛzmənd ˈtuːtuː) /

noun

British informal a university degree graded 2:2 (second class lower bracket)Often shortened to: Desmond

Word Origin for Desmond Tutu

C20: a pun on 2:2 and Desmond Tutu

British Dictionary definitions for desmond tutu (2 of 4)

Tutu

/ (ˈtuːtuː) /

noun

Desmond . born 1931, South African clergyman, noted for his opposition to apartheid: Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg (1984–86) and Archbishop of Cape Town (1986–96); in 1995 he became leader of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to investigate human rights violations during the apartheid era. Nobel peace prize 1984

British Dictionary definitions for desmond tutu (3 of 4)

tutu

1
/ (ˈtuːtuː) /

noun

a very short skirt worn by ballerinas, made of projecting layers of stiffened sheer material

Word Origin for tutu

from French, changed from the nursery word cucu backside, from cul, from Latin cūlus the buttocks

British Dictionary definitions for desmond tutu (4 of 4)

tutu

2
/ (ˈtuːtuː) /

noun

a shrub, Coriaria arborea, of New Zealand, having seeds that are poisonous to farm animals

Word Origin for tutu

Māori
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