plural in construction : a member of any of the indigenous and traditionally hunter-gatherer peoples of southern Africa who are considered the oldest inhabitants of the region

Note: The San are also referred to as Bushmen, a term that continues in widespread use but is sometimes considered offensive.

: the Khoisan languages spoken by the San people

Word History



First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of San was in 1876

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“San.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/San. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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