Definition of kombi in English:


(also combi)

nounPlural kombis

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


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