Tswa·​na ˈ(t)swä-nə How to pronounce Tswana (audio)
plural Tswana or Tswanas
: a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Botswana and the Republic of South Africa
: the language of the Tswana people

Examples of Tswana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The history of South Africa is complex, but to keep it very simple: The region was home to many African societies, including the Khoisan, Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana and Ndebele. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 Some of the Dutch settlers, called Boers, moved farther inland, sparking gruesome conflicts with the Zulu, Tswana and Ndebele peoples, and declared themselves independent republics. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, 5 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Tswana was in 1930

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“Tswana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tswana. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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