Tut·​si ˈtü-sē How to pronounce Tutsi (audio) ˈtüt- How to pronounce Tutsi (audio)
plural Tutsi or Tutsis
: a member of a people of Rwanda and Burundi probably of Nilotic origin

Examples of Tutsi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Feeling compelled to protect other Tutsi, his hotel becomes a safe haven for those fleeing the genocide. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 The group has also enlarged its collection with documentation of other atrocities, such as the Armenian genocide, Nanjing massacre, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the killing and expulsion of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, and violence against Kurds in Northern Syria. Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The Rwandan genocide broke out in 1994 and resulted in the deaths of roughly 800,000 people, most of them members of the Tutsi ethnic minority, who had been given higher social standing by the Belgian colonial regime. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 Power has long said the United States bears a unique responsibility to prevent mass atrocities and has admonished U.S. dithering in the face of large-scale violence, such as the Clinton administration’s handling of the genocide of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority. John Hudson, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 The Hutu were doing that about the Tutsi, the Nazis obviously were doing it about the Jews, and so forth. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 As Rwanda commemorates the 30th anniversary of the devastating Tutsi genocide in 2024—marked by the poignant lighting of the flame of remembrance on April 7 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial—these new openings and experiences showcase just how far the country has come. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 Then came the Tutsi genocide of 1994, when the park buckled further under the strain of refugees seeking food and wood for shelter. Noo Saro-Wiwa, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Oct. 2023 As the killings began to spread across Rwanda in April 1994, more than 2,000 women, children and elderly Tutsi civilians sought refuge in Nyange Parish Church in the Kivumu commune, west of the capital, Kigali. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Tutsi was in 1950

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“Tutsi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tutsi. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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