Definition of vuvuzela in English:

vuvuzela

noun

trademark in UK
  • A long horn blown by fans at soccer matches in South Africa.

    • ‘The vuvuzelas will be out and fans will be dressed in their colours as Orlando Pirates take on title-holders Kaizer Chiefs.’
    • ‘As early as 9am, the streets of East London were alive with people - clad in the black and gold colours of both teams - blowing their noisy vuvuzelas.’
    • ‘Furthermore, she urged the 2010 organisers to consider ways to minimise the potential harmful effects of vuvuzelas.’
    • ‘About 2500 revellers on Mary Fitzgerald square in Johannesburg leapt for joy, waved South African flags and blew vuvuzelas.’
    • ‘People lined the streets, lustily blowing vuvuzelas or shouting encouragement.’
    • ‘I threatened it with the same dire course of action and consequence I used to harbour towards people blowing vuvuzelas.’
    • ‘Everyone departed with their own vuvuzela to celebrate the win to host the 2010 World Cup and 10 years of freedom.’
    • ‘As court proceedings began, hundreds of Zuma supporters could be heard singing and blowing vuvuzelas outside.’
    • ‘I showed Jubilee, an automated vuvuzela from my 2006 Cape Town show ' Promised land '.’
    • ‘As typically South African as ' boerewors ' and the vuvuzela, rooibos tea has always been a favourite.’
    • ‘Several people in the crowd were waving flags or wearing the organisations' T-shirts while the sounds of vuvuzelas could be heard everywhere.’
    • ‘The sound of the vuvuzelas will thunder through the stadium, while fans try to outdo one another in their partisan colours.’
    • ‘South Africans blew their vuvuzelas, long plastic horns that collectively make a sound like a million angry bees.’
    • ‘I want them to beat drums, pots, blow vuvuzelas and sing to create a scary atmosphere for Sundowns.’
    • ‘A lone vuvuzela blower awaits the thousands of fans.’
    • ‘The ear-splitting bray of vuvuzelas added to the noise, as marshals battled to keep the marchers in line.’
    • ‘What followed was a burst of applause, a standing ovation and the periodic piercing howl of a vuvuzela smuggled into the hall by an enthusiast.’
    • ‘Nearby a crowd of African National Congress supporters held old ANC election banners and blew vuvuzelas.’
    • ‘Taxis will fill up the ranks outside and loud singing and chanting will be heard for miles, with blasts from the vuvuzelas rupturing the air.’
    • ‘The mostly young crowd was excited at the prospects of being part of the event, and brought their flags, vuvuzelas and voices, to declare themselves part of the proceedings.’

Origin

Perhaps from Zulu.

Pronunciation

vuvuzela

/ˌvuvəˈzɛlə//ˌvo͞ovəˈzelə/