Definition of impi in US English:

impi

noun

  • 1A body of Zulu warriors.

    1. 1.1 An armed band of Zulus involved in urban or rural conflict.
      • ‘That is, until the early 1800s, when the warrior Mzilikazi, who was ousted from KwaZulu-Natal by Shaka and his impis, settled in the area.’
      • ‘They knew, now, the Spartans at Thermopylae; and the sunken road at Shiloh; and the impis at Isandhlwana; and Chuikov's 62nd Army in the shattered factories on the Volga.’
      • ‘It was here where a small garrison of 140 British troops repulsed an attack by some 3000 Zulu impis, resulting in 11 Victoria Crosses being awarded for exemplary bravery - the highest ever in a single action.’
      • ‘The impi, the redcoat regiment, and commando moved to the background; conflict had its locus in the mines, the streets, and on the farms.’
      • ‘The crossing of the Ngoni, one of the biggest tribes fleeing from the marauding impis of Shaka Zulu, coincided with an eclipse of the sun.’

Origin

Zulu, ‘regiment, armed band’.

Pronunciation

impi

/ˈimpē/