Ba·​so·​tho bä-ˈsō-ˌtō How to pronounce Basotho (audio) -ˈsü-ˌtü How to pronounce Basotho (audio)
plural Basotho also Basothos
: a Bantu-speaking people of Lesotho
also : a member of this people

Word History


Sotho, plural of Mosotho Basotho person, from mo-, class prefix + -sotho, perhaps alteration of motho human being

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Basotho was in 1903

Dictionary Entries Near Basotho

Cite this Entry

“Basotho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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