Hau·​sa ˈhau̇-sə How to pronounce Hausa (audio)
plural Hausa or Hausas
: the Chadic language of the Hausa people widely used in western Africa as a trade language
: a member of a people of northern Nigeria and southern Niger

Examples of Hausa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yoruba, but in Hausa and in Igbo and in Pidgin and in more languages. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Aug. 2023 The border regions of both countries share a similar ethnic makeup: Hausa, Fulani and other groups. Ismail Alfa, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 In Nigeria, our tribes—Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Édo, and hundreds more—coupled with our belief systems, make up our identity. Rita Omokha, ELLE, 14 Apr. 2022 In West Africa, many Muslim viewers recognize Arabic loan words heard in Hindi films, as the same loan words are found in their own languages such as Wolof, Fulani, Serer, Hausa, and Dagbani. Katie Young, Quartz, 20 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Hausa Hausā

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hausa was in 1853

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“Hausa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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