Definition of Meru in English:

Meru

noun

  • 1A member of a people of central Kenya.

    • ‘Although Paraiso did not exhibit the type of social tensions found in Meru, Kenya, it was still important that I was not associated with any particular social group in the study area.’
    • ‘Mount Meru stands at 4,575 m and is Africa's fourth highest mountain.’
    • ‘After a short chapter illustrating the devastating and demoralizing effects of these policies on the Meru, the author closes with a somewhat brighter vision of the future.’
    • ‘Top in the off-the-beaten track category for either wildlife or back to nature activities are - Kakamega Forest, Marsabit, Meru, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon and Shimba Hills.’
    • ‘Due to the area's social homogeneity, Paraiso is devoid of the kind of social conflict that prevented collective organizing in Meru, Kenya.’
    • ‘Fourteen percent is Luhya, 13 percent is Luo, 12 percent is Kalenjin, 11 percent Kamba, 6 percent Kisii, and 6 percent Meru.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Bantu language of the Meru, with over 1 million speakers.

    • ‘Meru is a local first language and one of the languages broadcast over the Voice of Kenya.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Meru or their language.

    • ‘The Meru study, like others, 17-19 suggests that in Kenya the community with its networks of health and church volunteers has the capacity to care for patients at home but lacks adequate resources.’
    • ‘The 23 who were admitted to the Meru district hospital had swollen feet and open wounds, Tambum said.’
    • ‘The Meru prison was designed to hold 500 prisoners, but currently has 1,400 people incarcerated.’
    • ‘He then places them in motion with the European conquest and the alienation of Meru land and the piecemeal erosion of their rights, first by German and then by British imperial administrators.’
    • ‘While khat chewing is still largely an affair of coastal Muslims and the Meru tribe in central Kenya, it appears to be gaining popularity among other Kenyans from inland tribes.’
    • ‘In 1988, the Mount Kenya Rescue Team discovered and retrieved an elder of the Meru people way up at the chilly heights of Peak Nelion.’
    • ‘A revolt against British colonial rule in Kenya headed largely by the Kikuyu and Meru tribes.’
    • ‘Given the ethnic tensions in the area, however, my outsider status and association with a North American farm manager helped provide access to both Kikuyu and Meru fanners.’
    • ‘In other respects, this area differs from the Meru district of Kenya.’

Origin

From the name of a town and district in central Kenya.

Pronunciation:

Meru

/ˈmɛruː/