Definition of Pedi in English:


nounPlural Pedis

  • 1A member of a people traditionally inhabiting the northern region of South Africa.

    • ‘A small chiefdom of perhaps 10,000 people in the 1870s, based around a strongly fortified village, the Ndzundza sided with the British and Swazi in the conquest of the Pedi in 1879.’
    • ‘The region considered a traditional home by many rural Pedi is between the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers in South Africa's Northern Province.’
  • 2

    another term for Sepedi
    • ‘It boasts a multi-lingual programme, including Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Afrikaans and Xhosa, and creates an opportunity for writers to stimulate the often declining readership of their vernacular.’


  • Relating to the Pedi or their language.

    • ‘A Pedi speaker, Maepa was one of the first women to become a member of Mapula in 1991, and by 2005 was coordinating the activities of nearly half the women in the project.’
    • ‘Coming from the Mapulana clan (of the Northern Sotho Pedi tribe) he was initiated when he was ten.’
    • ‘The result was the emergence of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Venda, Swazi, Sotho, Tswana, and Tsonga nations, along with the white Afrikaners.’
    • ‘One of these churches, the Zion Christian Church, was founded by two Pedi brothers.’
    • ‘The amalaita were Zulu-speakers in Natal, but, in Johannesburg and Pretoria, Pedi youths from the eastern Transvaal formed similar associations.’


From Sotho Mopedi, denoting a member of this people.