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[trans-key, -kahy]
  1. a self-governing Bantu territory of South Africa on the Indian Ocean: granted independence in 1976 by South Africa, but not recognized by any other country as an independent state. 16,910 sq. mi. (43,798 sq. km). Capital: Umtata.
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Related formsTrans·kei·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The Transkeian territories remained in nominal independence until 1875, when the Tembu sought British protection.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6


  • Its ordinary duty is to preserve order in the Transkeian territories.

  • The Transkeian tribes needed watching, and some careful handling, and the Police might have work cut out for them.

  • The main road from King Williamstown to the Transkeian territories ran through the village.

    'Tween Snow and Fire

    Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for transkeian


  1. of or relating to the former Bantu homeland of Transkei (now part of South Africa) or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Transkei
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  1. (formerly) the largest of the Bantu homelands in South Africa; declared an independent state in 1976 but this was not recognized outside South Africa; abolished in 1993. Capital: Umtata
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