San

noun
\ ˈsän How to pronounce San (audio) \

Definition of San

1 plural in construction : an indigenous people of southern Africa who have traditionally lived by hunting and foraging in small groups and 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 now sometimes avoided as potentially offensive.

2 : the Khoisan languages spoken by the San people

First Known Use of San

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for San

Khoikhoi

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“San.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/San. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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