Pronunciation: (zä-ēr', zä'ēr),[key] —n., —pl.za•ire. a paper money and monetary unit of Zaire, equal to 100 makuta.
Pronunciation: (zä-ēr', zä'ēr),[key] —n. 1. Republic of. Formerly, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgian Congo, Congo Free State. a republic in central Africa: a former Belgian colony; gained independence 1960. 27,100,000; 905,063 sq. mi. (2,344,113 sq. km). Cap.: Kinshasa.
2. Official name within Zaire of the Congo River (the term Congo River is more widely used elsewhere). Also,Za•ïre'.