[ mat-uh-bee-lee ]
/ ˌmæt əˈbi li /

noun, plural Mat·a·be·les, (especially collectively) Mat·a·be·le.

Origin of Matabele

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for matabele

/ (ˌmætəˈbiːlɪ, -ˈbɛlɪ) /


plural -les or -le a member of a formerly warlike people of southern Africa, now living in Zimbabwe: driven out of the Transvaal by the Boers in 1837Now known as: Ndebele
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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