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Swahili

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noun, Swa·hi·li \swä-ˈhē-lē\

Simple Definition of Swahili

  • : a language widely used in East Africa and the Congo region

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Swahili

plural Swahili or Swahilis

  1. 1 :  a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Zanzibar and the adjacent coast

  2. 2 :  a Bantu language that is a trade and governmental language over much of East Africa and in the Congo region

Origin of swahili

Arabic sawāḥil, plural of sāḥil coast


First Known Use: 1814

Rhymes with swahili


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