matatu (plural matatus or matatu)
- (Kenya) A minivan often used as a share taxi.
- Synonym: mathree (slang)
- 1982, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements Habitat News:
- A matatu is also more profitable when driven by its owner than by an employed driver, or if the employee-driver pays in all the earnings and the owner meets the operating costs, rather than when the owner demands a fixed sum of money daily, with the operator keeping the surplus.
- 2010, Philo Ikonya, Leading the Night, page 102:
- For now, matatus made lanes along both sides of tarmac main roads and went over, around or through potholes depending on their speed.
- 2017, Kenda Mutongi, Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi, page 98:
- Memories of their sense of trepidation, or even the anger, aboard a matatu could still be visceral.