Hu·​tu ˈhü-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce Hutu (audio)
plural Hutu or Hutus
: a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Rwanda and Burundi

Examples of Hutu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hutu were doing that about the Tutsi, the Nazis obviously were doing it about the Jews, and so forth. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 For instance, in 1996, the Rwandan army invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo to root out various Rwandan Hutu militias that had sought sanctuary in Congo after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2022 The Rwandan genocide saw Hutu militias and civilians alike murder vast numbers of members of the Tutsi ethnic minority: men, women and children, many of whom had been their neighbors before the conflict began. David McKenzie, CNN, 25 May 2023 Bands of Hutu extremists began slaughtering the Tutsi, with support from the army, police, and militias. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 11 Nov. 2020 When a halt was finally called, 2 million Hutu fled the country, fearing retribution. E O Wilson, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2012 The killings finally came to an end 100 days later, when Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) troops, led by Paul Kagame, defeated the Hutu rebels and took control of the country. David McKenzie, CNN, 25 May 2023 The Catholic church was quickly surrounded by Hutu Interahamwe militia. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, 25 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Kinyarwanda & Kirundi (Bantu languages of East Africa)

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hutu was in 1952

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“Hutu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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