Gul·​lah ˈgə-lə How to pronounce Gullah (audio)
: a member of a group of Black people inhabiting the sea islands and coastal districts of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida
: an English-based creole spoken by the Gullahs that is marked by vocabulary and grammatical elements from various African languages

Examples of Gullah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web View Recipe Benne Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies Benne seeds are an heirloom variety of sesame and are core to South Carolina’s Gullah Geechee cuisine. Omar Tate, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2024 For the Gullah Geechee people, the color blue—haint blue, specifically—is also meant to keep evil spirits away. Latria Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 May 2023 Taking a tour of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, the cultural epicenter of Gullah communities is a good place to start for those who need a primer on the island's cultural and religious history. Kiratiana Freelon, Parents, 21 May 2024 Visit the Edisto Island Museum to learn about the history and culture of the island's Gullah Geechee people, descendants of enslaved Africans who remained on the southeastern coast of the United States. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Green’s paintings are inspired by his Gullah roots in South Carolina. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 The Gullah lifestyle and traditions flow through so many aspects of life. Michiel Perry, Southern Living, 5 Oct. 2023 The many variations in the American South include South Midland, Ozark, Coastal Southern, Virginia Piedmont, Gullah, Cajun English and Gulf Southern. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 But the idea for the center had actually been planted years earlier, when Cornelia Bailey, an unofficial historian of the Gullah Geechee, an ethnic group with roots in the South, approached Brown about a new initiative. Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Gullah was in 1822

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“Gullah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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