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proper nounPlural Vendas
A former homeland established in South Africa for the Venda people, now part of Limpopo.
1A member of a people living in Northern Transvaal and southern Zimbabwe.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Venda of southern Africa believe the soul of the deceased stays near the grave for a while before inhabiting another body.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As much could be lost in SA too; the richly-cultured Venda have already lost with the gradual diminution of their chiefs.’
2The Bantu language of the Venda, which has about 800,000 speakers in South Africa, where it is an official language.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The least spoken languages were Venda and Ndebele at two percent each.’
- ‘There are other languages, Tswana, Venda, and Ndebela.’
- ‘Other languages spoken in Zimbabwe are Tonga, Shangaan, and Venda.’
Relating to the Venda people or their language.
- ‘Some draw on Christian symbolism (he has frequently explored the fish theme), while others suggest inspiration from traditional Venda mythology or folk stories.’
- ‘This was an attempt by the Venda artist to unite the people of a small Limpopo village called Dopeni.’
- ‘Joice Mabasa, daughter of renowned Venda sculptor Noria Mabasa, says the family is ‘happy’ about the honour bestowed on them.’
- ‘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.’
The stem of Venda Muvenda (in Venda (sense 1 of the noun)), Tshivenda (in Venda (sense 2 of the noun)).
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