Definition of Nyamwezi in English:



  • 1A member of a people inhabiting western Tanzania.

    • ‘I have been compiling this bibliography in the course of research on the folklore of the Sukuma and Nyamwezi of Tanzania, which I began in 1993.’
    • ‘At the same time, formal education equips the Nyamwezi with basic skills for life in modern Tanzanian society.’
    • ‘Many Nyamwezi also speak English and the languages of neighboring ethnic groups, such as Kisukuma, the language of the Sukuma people.’
    • ‘Besides the tourist market, the Nyamwezi in former times carved thrones for their chiefs.’
    • ‘The Nyamwezi (originally and also Wanyamwezi) are the second-largest of over 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania.’
  • 2mass noun The Bantu language of the Nyamwezi, related to Sukuma and having about 900,000 speakers.

    • ‘Sukuma and Nyamwezi, spoken in western Tanzania, form a dialect continuum.’
    • ‘Hulu may mean ‘Cease’ and ‘Desist’ in Swahili but Lulu means ‘bitter’ in Nyamwezi, Nyaturucha, and Sukuma.’


  • Relating to the Nyamwezi or their language.

    • ‘Sungusungu is often referred to as an ‘army of the ancestors’ because of its close emergence within the Sukuma and Nyamwezi ethnic groups.’
    • ‘Relations with the ancestors and respect for Nyamwezi traditions are maintained through ritual activity such as animal sacrifices and other ceremonies.’
    • ‘It unraveled in the second half of the nineteenth century as the Nyamwezi trader, Msiri, allied with Swahili traders, intervened in succession disputes and undermined the integrity of the kingdom.’
    • ‘The Nyamwezi people, also called the Wanyamwezi, live in the East African country of Tanzania.’
    • ‘Starting in 1891, Nyamwezi Chief Isike fought the Germans in Tabora region in the Western part of Tanganyika.’


A local name.