nounpl. Ndebele, or Nde·be·les
- A member of a Zulu people of southwest Zimbabwe.
- The Nguni language of the Ndebele, closely related to Zulu spoken in South Africa. Also called In both senses also called Matabele .
Origin of NdebeleNdebele -Ndebele ( as in amaNdebele Ndebele people ) ( and isiNdebele Ndebele language ) perhaps akin to Sotho Matebele Zulu peoples entering Sotho territories in the 19th century ; see Matabele .