- The council or inner circle of advisers of a chief in a Nguni society.
- 1962 Then our people lived peacefully, under the democratic rule of their kings and their "amapakati", and moved freely and confidently up and down the country without let or hindrance. — Nelson Mandela, Struggle is my Life
- A member of a council; a trusted adviser.
- 1870 The shrewdness of the "Amapakati", or Kaffir advocate. — C. Hamilton, Life and Sport in South-East Africa
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