[ trans-vahl, tranz- ]

  1. a province in the northeastern part of the Republic of South Africa. 110,450 sq. mi. (286,066 sq. km). Capital: Pretoria.

  • Formerly South African Republic

Other words from Transvaal

  • Trans·vaal·er, noun
  • Trans·vaal·i·an, adjective

Words Nearby Transvaal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Transvaal in a sentence

  • I first met Bishop Tutu in the 1980s when I went to South Africa to write a book about apartheid in a small Transvaal town, but I did not spend much time with him until I started working with Mandela.

  • On the 9th of October, 1899, the Transvaal Government presented an ultimatum.

    Story of the War in South Africa | Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.
  • It appears the war is still going on in the Transvaal, and the rumour is that we shall be sent there straight.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. | Erskine Childers
  • Eventually an impasse was reached over the question of the rights and privileges of British subjects in the Transvaal Republic.

    The Canadian Dominion | Oscar D. Skelton
  • Still, Cetywayo is much too shrewd a man to declare regular war against the Transvaal.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
  • If two or three fellows got together on any given farm they were bound to spend the evening taking the Transvaal.

    Aletta | Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for Transvaal


/ (trænzˈvɑːl) /

  1. former province of NE South Africa: colonized by the Boers after the Great Trek (1836); became a British colony in 1902; joined South Africa in 1910; replaced in 1994 for administrative purposes by a new system of provinces (Eastern Transvaal (later Mpumalanga), Northern Transvaal (later Limpopo), Gauteng, and North West province). Capital: Pretoria

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