Main definitions of Venda in US English:

: Venda1Venda2

Venda1

proper noun

  • A former homeland established in South Africa for the Venda people, now part of Limpopo.

Pronunciation

Venda

/ˈvɛndə/

Main definitions of Venda in US English:

: Venda1Venda2

Venda2

noun

  • 1A member of a people living in Northern Transvaal and southern Zimbabwe.

    • ‘This region and neighboring areas of the Northern Province are also home to other ethnic groups, including the Lovedu, Tsonga, Ndebele, Venda, Zulu, and Afrikaners.’
    • ‘But because every person has the ability to learn what it means to be a Venda through singing and dancing, clearly all human beings, all the members of that tribe, have that capability.’
    • ‘As much could be lost in SA too; the richly-cultured Venda have already lost with the gradual diminution of their chiefs.’
    • ‘The Venda of southern Africa believe the soul of the deceased stays near the grave for a while before inhabiting another body.’
  • 2The Bantu language of the Venda, which has about 800,000 speakers in South Africa, where it is an official language.

    • ‘The least spoken languages were Venda and Ndebele at two percent each.’
    • ‘But quite rightly, within their families the proud Afrikaners will maintain their traditions, and their language will take its place alongside Zulu, Xhosa, Venda, and all the other tribal languages.’
    • ‘The leaflets have been published in seven of the eleven official language, namely: Afrikaans, Tsonga, Sesotho, Zulu, English, Venda and Xhosa.’
    • ‘There are other languages, Tswana, Venda, and Ndebela.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken in Zimbabwe are Tonga, Shangaan, and Venda.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Venda people or their language.

    • ‘This was an attempt by the Venda artist to unite the people of a small Limpopo village called Dopeni.’
    • ‘Some draw on Christian symbolism (he has frequently explored the fish theme), while others suggest inspiration from traditional Venda mythology or folk stories.’
    • ‘As leaders of the Venda people, I urge you to take part in the local government structures.’
    • ‘I'll take one example: the Venda tribe in South Africa is what we call a ‘pre-literate’ tribe, i.e. they don't use writing and formal language in that way.’
    • ‘Joice Mabasa, daughter of renowned Venda sculptor Noria Mabasa, says the family is ‘happy’ about the honour bestowed on them.’

Origin

The stem of Venda Muvenda (in Venda (sense 1 of the noun)), Tshivenda (in Venda (sense 2 of the noun)).

Pronunciation

Venda

/ˈvɛndə/