So·​ma·​li sō-ˈmä-lē How to pronounce Somali (audio)
plural Somali or Somalis
: a member of a people of Somaliland
: the Cushitic language of the Somali
Somali adjective

Examples of Somali in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Omar left her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991 and spent four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 31 Jan. 2024 Minnesota prides itself on being a beacon of progressiveness with its history of openness to Somali and Hmong immigrant communities and strong Medicaid policies. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 12 Jan. 2024 The beneficiaries include East County Economic Development Council Foundation, the Neighborhood House Association Urban Corps of San Diego, La Maestra, Palomar Health Foundation, Vista Community Clinic and Somali Bantu Association of America. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2023 To learn more about the Somali Bantu Community Association, visit Jocelyn Ruggiero,, 1 Aug. 2023 Al Otro Lado, a group aiding migrants, is seeking volunteers who speak Russian, Pashto, Creole, French, Portuguese, Amharic, Hindi, Mandarin, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese. Elliot Spagat, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2023 The word ‘Hoyo’ translates to ‘mom’ in Somali, co-owner Mohamed Hassan told Yelp. Zach Mentz, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2023 The Somali Athletics Federation has announced an investigation into Abukar’s inclusion, according to media reports. Eve Sampson, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023 Newsweek reports the Somali Athletics Federation reportedly told Somali TV that an investigation will be launched. Mark Heim |, al, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History


from or akin to Somali Soomaali

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Somali was in 1814

Dictionary Entries Near Somali

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“Somali.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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