noun, plural Zu·lus, (especially collectively) Zu·lu for 1.
  1. a member of a Nguni people living mainly in Natal, Republic of South Africa.
  2. the Bantu language of the Zulu.
  3. a word used in communications to represent the letter Z.
  1. of or relating to the Zulus or their language.
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Examples from the Web for zulu

Contemporary Examples of zulu

  • It was almost like an American version of the old Michael Caine classic movie Zulu.

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Historical Examples of zulu

British Dictionary definitions for zulu


  1. plural -lus or -lu a member of a tall Negroid people of SE Africa, living chiefly in South Africa, who became dominant during the 19th century due to a warrior-clan system organized by the powerful leader, Shaka
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family, closely related to Swazi and Xhosa
  3. communications a code word for the letter z

Word Origin for Zulu

from Zulu amaZulu people of the sky
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Word Origin and History for zulu


1824, a native name.

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