sub-Sa·​ha·​ran ˌsəb-sə-ˈher-ən How to pronounce sub-Saharan (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the part of Africa south of the Sahara

Examples of sub-Saharan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in 37 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and southeastern Asia, according to the report. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 Researchers at Yale University found that in India and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, agricultural workers jumped into consumer service jobs and raised their productivity and incomes. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 In this way, Koenig most resembles Simon, whose music—including its deft (if ballsy) adoption of polyrhythms from sub-Saharan Africa—has always been a major touchstone for the band. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Geographic Benefits Many emerging data center markets are in areas that have yet to utilize renewable energy; this includes rapidly growing cities across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Phillip Marangella, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Even aid’s biggest boosters would cringe at the implication that aid had caused a 50 percent increase in sub-Saharan life expectancies. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Young people in central and eastern Europe, as well as parts of sub-Saharan Africa, reported increases in happiness, the report showed. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 In sub-Saharan Africa, universal female education or universal contraceptive access by 2030 would result in a total fertility rate of about 2.3 in 2050, compared with 2.7 in the reference scenario, according to the study. Mira Cheng, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Fatima’s story holds out the promise of reconciliation and alliance between North and sub-Saharan Africa, and the film offers a grandly metaphorical yet relentlessly revolutionary invocation of pan-African unity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sub-Saharan was in 1899

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“Sub-Saharan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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: of, relating to, or being the part of Africa south of the Sahara
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