Maa·​sai mä-ˈsī How to pronounce Maasai (audio)
variants or Masai
plural Maasai or Maasais or Masai or Masais
: a member of a pastoral and hunting people of Kenya and Tanzania
: the Nilotic language of the Maasai people

Examples of Maasai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rosés, an Uruguayan fashion/costume designer and producer, is the founder of the Tareto Entito Foundation, which supports Maasai girls in Kenya through academic help and fighting negative cultural practices for their development. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 18 Aug. 2023 The Catwalk by Shashwat Harish While on a trip to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, youth photographer Shashwat Harish heard a leopard had been spotted in the area. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Location: Rhino Ridge, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2023 Drums are the only musical instruments common to all cultures in the world, from the Inuit people in the Arctic to the Tuareg nomads in the Sahara Desert, from the Bora tribes in the Amazon jungle to the Maasai people in East Africa. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2023 The Beading Studio stands as a shining testament to this, where Maasai women, skilled in the art of beadwork, create masterpieces of intricate design. Paul Jebara, Forbes, 16 July 2023 The Ellen Trout Zoo is saddened to share the news that Twiga, our female Maasai giraffe, passed away last night. Li Cohen, CBS News, 10 July 2023 For example, visiting a Maasai village, enjoying a street food lunch, and staying in eco-lodges that support local conservation efforts. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Well over 1,000 Maasai had come to see the strange spectacle that had descended on their land. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Maasai il-máásáì, a self-designation

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Maasai was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Maasai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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