Definition of matatu noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

matatu

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//mæˈtætuː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mæˈtætuː//
 
Types of vehicle
 
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(in Kenya) a small privately owned bus, often decorated with pictures, words or phrases, that carries passengers and has a driver that you pay to take you somewhere, usually along a fixed route with other stops for people to get on and off See related entries: Types of vehicle Word OriginSwahili, short for mapeni matatu ‘thirty cents’, a flat fare charged in the early 1960s.