Definition of Mantatee in English:

Mantatee

(also Mantati)

noun

historical
  • 1(A name for) a member of the Batlokwa people which, during the early 19th-cent. under the leadership of MmaNtatisi, created instability in the area later known as the Orange Free State (now the Free State province of South Africa).

  • 2In extended use: a person of Sotho (as opposed to Nguni) origin; especially (in the Cape Colony) a Sotho refugee.

adjective

historical
  • Of or relating to the Mantatees; (in extended use) Sotho.

Origin

Early 19th century. Origin uncertain. Probably from the name of MmaNtatisi, female leader of this people.

Pronunciation

Mantatee

/manˈtɑːti/