Definition of Mizo in English:

Mizo

noun

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting Mizoram.

    • ‘As a result Manipuris, Nagas and Mizos are often asked if they are Chinese, Japanese or from some other Southeast Asian country.’
    • ‘Rich in culture, tradition, and folklore, the Mizos have often demonstrated their native dances to the nation during the Republic Day functions in New Delhi.’
    • ‘Nagas and Mizos have fought protracted guerrilla wars against the government to prevent their ethnic identities and their interests from being submerged in an India of ‘principal languages’.’
    • ‘It is this kind of indifference to their future that turns north-easterners (Nagas, Mizos and others) wish to secede from India.’
    • ‘And after Welsh missionaries arrived in the area in 1894, nearly all Bnei Menashes, Kukis and Mizos were converted from their animistic beliefs to Christianity.’
  • 2mass noun The Tibeto-Burman language of the Mizo, with about 340,000 speakers.

    Also called Lushai

adjective

  • Relating to the Mizo or their language.

    • ‘And as a member of the Sahitya Akademi General Council, he has been doing his bit to promote Mizo language and culture in the Capital.’
    • ‘In neighboring Mizoram state, minority Hindu and Buddhist Reang tribals were kicked out of the state by the majority Christian Mizo tribals.’
    • ‘She says that women are fighting hard for equality within the church, but it is an uphill task being pitched against the patriarchal forces of Mizo society.’
    • ‘And more intriguing was the fact that a festival of the Mizo dances had presentations by local Kuchipudi artistes!’
    • ‘Few know that 500-odd students and several government officials and families from Mizoram live in this city, and fewer still know anything about Mizo culture.’

Origin

The name in Mizo, literally ‘highlander’, from mi- ‘person’ + zo ‘hill’.

Pronunciation

Mizo

/ˈmiːzəʊ/