Wo·​lof ˈwō-ˌlȯf How to pronounce Wolof (audio)
: a Niger-Congo language of Senegambia

Examples of Wolof in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vendors chatted with one another in Wolof, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and more. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2024 And the word nyam, to eat, is thought to come from Wolof, a lingua franca in West Africa. Simon Romero Alejandro Cegarra, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2023 While studying Senegal’s rich flora in 1749, young French botanist Michel Adanson meets a young Wolof woman. Monitor Contributors, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Sep. 2023 Help is harder to come by in French, Arabic, Wolof, Mandinka, or Fula—to say nothing of smaller languages and regional and ethnic dialects spoken by many African migrants. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2023 Among the highest rates of genetic sharing between research participants and Catoctin individuals were people who identified as West Africa's Wolof and Mandinka peoples or Central Africa's Kongo people. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 The new analysis also revealed that some of the individuals descended from the Wolof and Mandinka populations of West Africa and the Kongo people of Central Africa, per the Harvard statement. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 Most people making a living from acting in Senegal are from the majority ethnic community [the Wolof] but the Fouta region is very specific and the language is very specific. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Wolof, speaker of Wolof, the Wolof language

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wolof was in 1823

Dictionary Entries Near Wolof

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“Wolof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wolof. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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