Definition of kombi in English:

kombi

(also combi)

noun

South African
  • A minibus, especially one used to transport passengers commercially.

    • ‘‘We have also printed the funeral programme and will be organising kombis to ferry mourners to the graveyard,’ says Sithole.’
    • ‘On the way to Mthatha, the kombi transporting 12 members of the Old Collegians team developed mechanical trouble.’
    • ‘Earlier last week, she saw two Welfare department kombis picking up workers at Hemingway's casino.’
    • ‘Assistant coach Andre Human drove our kombi, chief coach Kobus van der Merwe electing to sit at the back.’
    • ‘We would always stay in Kuta and take the combi down to Padang Padang or Uluwatu or go outward from there.’

Origin

From Volkswagen's proprietary name, abbreviation of German Kombiwagen ‘combination car’.

Pronunciation

kombi

/ˈkʊmbi//ˈkɒmbi/