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Rhodesia

[roh-dee-zhuh]
noun
  1. (as Southern Rhodesia) a former British colony in S Africa: declared independence 1965; name changed to Zimbabwe 1979.
  2. a historical region in S Africa that comprised the British territories of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
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Related formsRho·de·sian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for rhodesia

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Historical Examples

  • Afterwards I went into Rhodesia, and incidentally made money.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • I went up to Rhodesia, and of course I had the devil's luck.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • As to you, sir, I trust that a bright future awaits you in Rhodesia.

  • What, in the name of fortune, is the good of going to Rhodesia?

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page

  • I have met people from Rhodesia, and they dress quite ordinarily.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page


British Dictionary definitions for rhodesia

Rhodesia

noun
  1. a former name (1964–79) for Zimbabwe
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rhodesia in Culture

Rhodesia

[(roh-dee-zhuh)]

Former name of Zimbabwe, a nation in southeastern Africa.

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Note

Rhodesia was named for Cecil Rhodes, the English industrialist whose British South Africa Company colonized the region at the end of the nineteenth century. He also founded the Rhodes Scholarships for study at Oxford University.
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