Swahili

noun
Swa·​hi·​li | \ swä-ˈhē-lē How to pronounce Swahili (audio) \
plural Swahili or Swahilis

Definition of Swahili

1 : a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Zanzibar and the adjacent coast
2 : a Bantu language that is a trade and governmental language over much of East Africa and in the Congo region

First Known Use of Swahili

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Swahili

Arabic sawāḥil, plural of sāḥil coast

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“Swahili.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Swahili. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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