mzala, noun

Forms:
Also mzal'.
Origin:
Zulu, XhosaShow more Zulu and Xhosa umzala cousin.
Among speakers of any of the Sintu (Bantu) group of languages: a cousin, brother, comrade, or friend; also used as a term of address, and occasionally as a title.
[1980 B.S. Motjuwadi in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 189Hy kom by my kesta. ‘Mzala, mzala help my!’]
1981 M. Mzamane in Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (1991) 397My cousin, Jola, comes from Tsolo in the Transkei...One day Mzal’uJola went to buy some cold drink.
1987 Drum Apr. 48I want to say just keep on saying phinda mzala Ray Phiri.
1992 Pace Aug. 6Mzala, we must go to school in the homelands next year.
a cousin, brother, comrade, or friend; also used as a term of address, and occasionally as a title.
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