Swahili

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noun Swa·hi·li \swä-ˈhē-lē\

Definition of Swahili

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Swahili

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Swahilis

  1. 1 :  a member of a Bantu-speaking people of Zanzibar and the adjacent coast

  2. 2 :  a Bantu language that is a trade and governmental language over much of East Africa and in the Congo region

Origin and Etymology of swahili

Arabic sawāḥil, plural of sāḥil coast


SWAHILI Defined for English Language Learners

Swahili

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Definition of Swahili for English Language Learners

  • : a language widely used in East Africa and the Congo region

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