[ zoo-loo ]
/ ˈzu lu /

noun, plural Zu·lus, (especially collectively) Zu·lu for 1.

a member of a Nguni people living mainly in Natal, Republic of South Africa.
the Bantu language of the Zulu.
a word used in communications to represent the letter Z.


of or relating to the Zulus or their language.



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British Dictionary definitions for zulu

/ (ˈzuːlʊ, -luː) /


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
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family, closely related to Swazi and Xhosa
communications a code word for the letter z

Word Origin for Zulu

from Zulu amaZulu people of the sky
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