Etymology: The plural of a Nguni word - "ba" (plural prefix) and "ntu" (person). Meaning "people", often used to describe a language family.
- Bantu is a language family that belongs to the Niger-Congo group. Bantu languages are spoken in much of Sub-Saharan Africa.
- General term for African ethnic groups speaking a Bantu language.
- (South African: unacceptable/derogatory) A black South African.
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