- Also with initial capital, and (formerly) low veldt.
- AfrikaansShow more Partial translation of Afrikaans laeveld, lae low + veld (see veld).
- One of the major Southern African physiographic regions, the lowveld is situated mainly in the Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga), but extends also into northern KwaZulu-Natal and into Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The boundaries of the region, based on vegetation, altitude, and prominent physical features, are not clearly defined.
- Hence Lowvelder noun, an inhabitant of the lowveld. Cf. bushvelder (see bushveld).1937 J. Stevenson-Hamilton S. Afr. Eden 67The General Manager..leaving his drink unfinished — almost a criminal act in the eyes of any old time low-velder — rushed off to stay the impending calamity.1990 Weekend Post 6 Oct. (Leisure) 4The Lowvelders were often referred to as ‘those people from the mosquito country’.1990 ‘Mrs Polly’ in Sunday Times 14 Oct. 20 (letter)Us Lowvelders see only half of what people on the Rand do, so why can’t we pay half the price?