South African. a long, plastic horn that makes a loud, monotone sound, typically blown by South African fans at soccer matches.

Origin of vuvuzela

probably from Zulu vuvu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vuvuzela

Contemporary Examples of vuvuzela

  • When Obama strode out to greet them, the only sound missing was the World Cup vuvuzela.

  • A moment on the noise: the vuvuzela can only be described as a large animal — like a cow or a hippo — in labor.

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    July 10, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for vuvuzela



Southern African an elongated plastic instrument that football fans blow to make a loud noise similar to the trumpeting of an elephant

Word Origin for vuvuzela

C20: from Zulu
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