Maasai

noun
Maa·​sai | \ mä-ˈsī How to pronounce Maasai (audio) , ˈmä-ˌsī \
variants: or Masai
plural Maasai or Maasais or Masai or Masais

Definition of Maasai

1 : a member of a pastoral and hunting people of Kenya and Tanzania
2 : the Nilotic language of the Maasai people

First Known Use of Maasai

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Maasai

Maasai il-máásáì, a self-designation

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“Maasai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maasai. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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