|1.||[ noun ] a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa|
|Related terms:||African luba hutu tutsi Herero Tswana|
|2.||[ adjective ] of or relating to the African people who speak one of the Bantoid languages or to their culture|
"the Bantu population of Sierra Leone"
|3.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent|
|Related terms:||Niger-Congo Swahili Kamba Fang Chishona Kongo Mashi Kichaga Kinyarwanda Kiswahili Luba Gikuyu LuGanda Luyia Giriama Mwera Nguni Nyamwezi Pokomo Sotho Umbundu ChiMwini Tonga Chichewa|