[im-pal-uh, -pah-luh]
noun, plural im·pal·as, (especially collectively) im·pal·a.
  1. an African antelope, Aepyceros melampus, the male of which has ringed, lyre-shaped horns.

Origin of impala

1870–75; < Zulu, or a cognate word in another Nguni dial. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for impala

Historical Examples of impala

  • But that which lay in her hand was a flat bag, made of the dressed skin of an impala.

    The Induna's Wife

    Bertram Mitford

  • There we had nobler game to follow—wildebeest and hartebeest, impala, and now and then a koodoo.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • It was an impala, a species of antelope, and was evidently in the last stage of exhaustion.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster

  • Two African hunting dogs were pursuing the impala and were gaining rapidly.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster

British Dictionary definitions for impala


noun plural -las or -la
  1. an antelope, Aepyceros melampus, of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and able to move with enormous leaps when disturbed

Word Origin for impala

from Zulu
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Word Origin and History for impala

1875, from Zulu im-pala "gazelle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper