Definition of Swazi in English:



  • 1A member of a people traditionally inhabiting Swaziland and Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

    • ‘The result was the emergence of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Venda, Swazi, Sotho, Tswana, and Tsonga nations, along with the white Afrikaners.’
    • ‘More than 2000 Swazis, including representatives of worker, student and political organisations, attended Sunday's meeting in the Mpumalanga town close to the Swazi border.’
    • ‘At stake is the future of millions of South Africans like Swazi.’
    • ‘Many Swazis respect and rely on traditional medicine and healers in what has remained a highly conservative society.’
    • ‘Many Swazis find work in South African mines, and much of Swaziland's electricity is imported from South Africa.’
    • ‘The Zulu kingdom on the east coast, north of Natal, was the largest; the Swazi, Tswana, Pedi, Venda, Mpondo, and Thembu remained substantial chiefdoms.’
    • ‘Chilufya was one of the two members from Southern Africa, together with a Swazi, elected on the board dominated by North and West Africa.’
    • ‘In a blink of an eye, it seems, Swazis have gone from deep denial of the existence of Aids to panic as they realise all the people they are burying are not dying of witchcraft.’
    • ‘Rural Swazis divide tasks according to sex, age, and social status.’
    • ‘In the late 1830s, initial contact occurred among the Swazi, the Boers, and the British.’
    • ‘The Swazi believe strongly in respect for age.’
    • ‘The Swazi traditionally have not held the actual age of a person to be vitally important.’
    • ‘Inuit turn to their elders, Swazis seek their go gos.’
    • ‘More than a million ethnic Swazi reside in South Africa.’
    • ‘Three other people, a Zimbabwean and two Swazis, were diagnosed with cholera last week but were all discharged.’
    1. 1.1A native or inhabitant of Swaziland.
      • ‘The money spent for the king's jet should have been used for buying food for the starving Swazis,’ said Pat Dlamini, a civil servant in the capital here.’
      • ‘The Swazis, however, with their lack of resources have never featured at either the World Cup or Nations Cup levels.’
      • ‘Mashaba also claimed the Swazis cancelled their scheduled friendly against Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday because they feared that Mashaba would send his spies to watch the game.’
      • ‘Several days later, on a climb called Rude Bushman, my partner is a dreadlocked 25-year-old Swazi named Thulani Mazibuko.’
      • ‘Following Mswati's death, the Swazis reached agreements with British and South African authorities over a range of issues, including independence, claims on resources by Europeans, administrative authority, and security.’
      • ‘He told Swazis that Britain has a R1 billion business providing cannabis-based pain killers to hospitals, and tests are now underway to use the medicine to beat AIDS and cancer.’
      • ‘Matsebula ruled that statements allegedly made by Masuku during a pro-democracy rally on November 7, 2000 could only be taken by the average Swazi as meaning that he sought the ouster of the king and his government.’
      • ‘Now, Swazis insist that they are proud to be a kingdom, so the task at hand is to find a way to make the monarchy work while the rights of the people are respected.’
      • ‘The Swazis frustrated the more skillful and quicker home side by playing the off-side trap continually.’
      • ‘It had been donated by UNICEF and was covered with AIDS posters urging Swazis to ‘use a condom, save a life.’’
      • ‘The turnout was far smaller than the 250,000 Swazis who came to the last national gathering several years ago, where Mswati announced the appointment of a new prime minister.’
      • ‘There was no stopping the Swazis in the second set in this championship and they won the third and fourth sets 25-21 and 25-16 respectively.’
      • ‘About 10,000 Swazis arrived by truck, buses and on foot yesterday morning to a national meeting called by their king to hear of planned changes to the country's constitution.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Nguni language of the Swazi, an official language in Swaziland and South Africa with about 1.6 million speakers.

    Also called Siswati


  • Relating to Swaziland, the Swazis, or their language.

    • ‘The sight of a woman's buttocks is a strong insult in Swazi culture.’
    • ‘No barrier divides them, but the transition between gardened avenues and ramshackle Swazi township is stark.’
    • ‘The Swazi language is referred to as ‘siSwati.’’
    • ‘As noted in the description of traditional Swazi beliefs regarding development, the siSwati language includes various terms for males and females.’
    • ‘Fame and the chance of international stardom have not made him lose sight of his Swazi roots.’


From the name of Mswati, a 19th-century king of the Swazis.