intombazana, noun

Forms:
ntombazana, ntonbizaniShow more Also ntombazana, ntonbizani, tombazaan, tombesan, tombozane.
Plurals:
intombazanas, amantombazana.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu, intombi girl + feminine diminutive suffix -azana.
A little girl; also used as a respectful form of address. See also intombi.
1836 N. Isaacs Trav. (1937) II. 101We were not a little amused by some ‘tombesans’, or girls, who assembled and danced round us.
1991 Style Dec. 92Speculating mischievously about the absurdity of a system which would jail the sun worshippers of Sandy Bay for doing what the tombazaans do with impunity at Gatsha’s rallies.
A little girl; also used as a respectful form of address.

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