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Definitions for zaire
zɑˈɪər, ˈzɑ ɪərzaire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zairenoun

    the basic unit of money in Zaire

  2. Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zaire, Belgian Congonoun

    a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960


  1. Zairenoun

    A former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (between 1971 and 1997).

  2. zairenoun

    The unit of currency of Zaire.

  3. zaïrenoun

    The former currency of Zaïre.

  4. Etymology: Truncation of Kongo nzadi o nzere ("river swallowing rivers", referring to the Congo river) adopted in accordance with the Authenticity Movement.


  1. Zaire

    Zaire (, also UK: ), officially the Republic of Zaire (French: République du Zaïre, [ʁepyblik dy zaiʁ]), was a Congolese state from 1971 to 1997 in Central Africa that was previously and is now again known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Zaire was, by area, the third-largest country in Africa (after Sudan and Algeria), and the 11th-largest country in the world. With a population of over 23 million inhabitants, Zaire was the most-populous officially Francophone country in Africa, as well as one of the most populous in Africa. The country was a one-party totalitarian military dictatorship, run by Mobutu Sese Seko and his ruling Popular Movement of the Revolution party. Zaire was established following Mobutu's seizure of power in a military coup in 1965, following five years of political upheaval following independence from Belgium known as the Congo Crisis. Zaire had a strongly centralist constitution, and foreign assets were nationalized. The period is sometimes referred to as the Second Congolese Republic. A wider campaign of Authenticité, ridding the country of the influences from the colonial era of the Belgian Congo, was also launched under Mobutu's direction. Weakened by the termination of American support after the end of the Cold War, Mobutu was forced to declare a new republic in 1990 to cope with demands for change. By the time of its downfall, Zaire was characterised by widespread cronyism, corruption and economic mismanagement. Zaire collapsed in the 1990s, amid the destabilization of the eastern parts of the country in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and growing ethnic violence. In 1996, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, the head of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (AFDL) militia, led a popular rebellion against Mobutu. With rebel forces successfully making gains westward, Mobutu fled the country, leaving Kabila's forces in charge as the country restored its name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo the following year, and he died less than four months later while in exile in Morocco.


  1. zaire

    Zaire, officially known as the Republic of Zaire from 1971 to 1997, was the name of a Central African state, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The state's name derives from the Congo River, which was renamed the Zaire River during the reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. The term "zaire" also refers to the main currency unit that was used in Zaire from 1967 to 1997.


  1. Zaire

    Zaire, officially the Republic of Zaire, was the name of the state that existed between 27 October 1971 and 17 May 1997, currently named Democratic Republic of the Congo. Founded by Mobutu Sese Seko, the name of Zaire derives from the Portuguese word "zaire", itself an adaptation of the Kongo word nzere or nzadi.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zaire

    name for the Congo (q. v.) in part of its lower course.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zaire in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zaire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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