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  1. Southern African a white man: used esp as a term of address
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Examples from the Web for umlungu

Historical Examples

  • What is your will, Umlungu (white man), that you are up before the sun?

    Black Heart and White Heart

    H. Rider Haggard

  • “He is not afraid, Umlungu,” answered the man, with a wave of the hand.

    A Frontier Mystery

    Bertram Mitford

  • The tone apart, to address his master as Umlungu—meaning simply ‘white man’—was to invite—well, a breach of the peace.