noun, plural im·pies, im·pis.

(in South African history) a unit of Zulu warriors; regiment.

Origin of impi

1875–80; < Zulu: impi, armed force, battle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impi

Historical Examples of impi

  • He pointed in a dignified way towards the Matabele impi in the distance. '

  • The afternoon was now drawing towards evening, but still there were no signs of the Impi.

    Allan's Wife

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Wambe has an impi out to kill us, and it will be here presently.'

    Maiwa's Revenge

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Either the impi had not yet arrived, or it had gone by some other road.

    The Wizard

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Then an impi was sent to punish these women, and a great number were killed.

British Dictionary definitions for impi


noun plural -pi or -pies

a group of Bantu warriors

Word Origin for impi

C19: Nguni: regiment, army
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