Definition of abakwetha in English:

abakwetha

(also abakweta, abakhweta, abakhwetha)

adjective

South African
  • Of or relating to the traditional initiation period or ritual symbolizing passage into manhood among Xhosas.

noun

South African
  • 1A young Xhosa man who is undergoing ritual initiation into manhood at a traditional school. Chiefly in plural.

  • 2Among Xhosas: the traditional initiation period or ritual symbolizing passage into manhood.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Missionary Magazine. From Xhosa abakhwetha, plural from aba- plural class prefix + kwetha initiate.

Pronunciation

abakwetha

/abəˈkweɪtə/