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  1. a long, usually white robe worn especially by men in central and eastern Africa.
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Origin of kanzu

Borrowed into English from Swahili around 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for kanzu

Historical Examples

  • Fila replied, "You must give me that Kanzu shirt of yours first, and then I will give you a share of my ladu."

    Black Tales for White Children

    C. H. Stigand

British Dictionary definitions for kanzu


  1. a long garment, usually white, with long sleeves, worn by E African men
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Word Origin

C20: from Swahili
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