from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region of eastern Africa, comprising Zanzibar Island and several adjacent islands off the northeast coast of Tanzania. Arab and Portuguese traders visited the region in early times, and it was controlled by Omanis in the 18th and 19th centuries. Britain established a protectorate (1890) that became an independent sultanate in December 1963 and a republic after an uprising in January 1964. In April 1964 it joined Tanganyika to form a new republic that was renamed Tanzania in October 1964.
  • A city of Tanzania on the western coast of Zanzibar Island. Founded in the 16th century as a Portuguese trading post, it was a major center of the East African ivory trade in the 19th century. Population: 205,000.

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  • proper n. Island region of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean.

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  • n. an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa; part of the United Republic of Tanzania


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Ultimately from Persian زنگبار (zangibâr), literally meaning “black-skinned coast”.


  • ZANZIBAR (Sapa-AP) - Members of the Zanzibar football team that won the East and Central African Challenge Cup will soon be able to tool around their island homeland on new motorcycles.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • ZANZIBAR: The Tanzanian spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba were tense as delayed presidential and parliamentary voting took place in three constituencies.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • ZANZIBAR - Oman and Saudi Arabia have granted the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar $16 million to improve airports.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Just the name 'Zanzibar' conjures images of harem girls giggling behind gauzy veils, carved wooden doors opening to spice-filled rooms and other images from The Thousand and One Nights.

  • We here at The Atlantic grapple with all sorts of problems: matters glandular and jugular, animals crepuscular, extractions tonsillar, Mormons tabernacular, the politics of Simón Bolívar, diseases vascular, the arthritis of Renoir, Freddie Mercury in Zanzibar, my lost Wanderjahr, and polishing the samovar.

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  • This is a project set up by a Zanzibari scientist who tries to help the women who live in Zanzibar grow little shell fish so they can either sell them or eat them, says Mitchell.

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  • Stand on Zanzibar is in the Masterworks series, but Shockwave Rider resonates even more with where we are today.

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  • I sneaked on Big Boss 'fortress in Zanzibar and stopped doomsday with Solid Snake.

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  • We spent the first few days in Zanzibar, and it was excellent foresight on my parents part not to let me plan the trip.

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  • Zanzibar is made up of two islands – Unguja and Pemba.

    Archive 2008-01-01


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