Movenda, MuvendaShow more singularMovenda, Muvenda; singular and pluralVenda; pluralBavenda, Bawenda, HaVenda, Mavenda, Vavenda, Vendas, Vhavenda.
usually unchanged, Vendas, Bavenda.
VendaShow more A Venda noun stem found in such words as Muvenda a member of the Venda people (plural Vhavenda), Tshivenda the Venda language, Venda the area inhabited by the Venda. The origin of the stem is not known.
a.A member of an African people living mainly in the Soutpansberg region of the Northern Transvaal. Also attributive.
1892W.L. DistantNaturalist in Tvl 107The Mavenda Kafirs are a branch of the Makatese, and closely allied to the Basutos.
Vendaland, the area occupied by the Venda people; Vendastan, see -stan.
An area in the northern part of the former Transvaal was intended as a ‘homeland’ for Vendas; granted a form of self-government in 1973, it became the Republic of Venda in 1979. The area was re-incorporated into South Africa in 1994. See also TBVC.
1971S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 11In Vendaland the ‘watchdogs had been tied up’ — the Venda way of assuring their honoured guests that they were welcome.
1979Drum Jan. 31Vendaland will become independent soon.
2.Also Chivenda, Tshivenda.The language of the Venda people, being one of the Sintu (Bantu) languages. Also attributive.
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