Definition of kanzu in English:



  • A long white cotton or linen robe worn by East African men.

    • ‘Baganda men frequently wear a kanzu (long white robe).’
    • ‘The kanzu in Kenya is associated with Swahili culture, and most wearers of the kanzu in Kenya are Muslims.’
    • ‘Recently, I wore a kanzu with the intention to break stereotypes and traditions among society.’
    • ‘On special occasions Muslim men wear flowing white robes called kanzus.’
    • ‘In rural regions, Muslim men usually wear a long embroidered cotton gown, called a kanzu, with a matching skull cap.’
    cloak, wrap, mantle, cape, kaftan
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Early 20th century: from Kiswahili.