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Definition of the noun swahili

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noun - plural: Swahilis

  1. the most widely spoken Bantu languages; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and widely used as a lingua franca in east and central Africa
    • examples: She speaks English and also speaks Swahili. | If an Icelandic sentence has a translation in English, and the English sentence has a translation in Swahili, then indirectly, this will provide a Swahili translation for the Icelandic sentence. | Swahili is written using the Roman writing system. | Tom can understand Swahili. | Millie is learning Swahili.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: Bantoid language / Bantu = a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent

Writings

  1. "Swahili" is a book by K. K. Virmani.
    • also known as "Swahili: learn and speak in forty days"
  2. "Swahili" is a book by P. Van Pelt.

Miscellanea

  1. Swahili a.k.a. The Swahili language or Kiswahili is a Bantu language and the mother tongue of the Swahili people. It is spoken by various communities inhabiting the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The closely related Comorian language, spoken in the Comoros Islands, is sometimes considered a Swahili dialect.
  2. Swahili a.k.a. Swahili architecture is a style of building along the eastern and southeastern coasts of Africa. They are thought to be essentially of Arabic or Persian style and origin. Architectural elements included arches, courtyards, isolated women's quarters, the mihrab, towers, and decorative elements on the buildings themselves. The ruins at Great Zimbabwe show some similarities to this coastal style, and also to ancient Madagascan elements such as the 'phallic' tower and the perimeter wall. Many ruins may also still be observed near the southern Kenyan port of Malindi in the ruins of Gedi.
  3. Swahili is a language.

Phrases with Swahili

  1. Seyidotettix Swahili
  2. Species Seyidotettix Swahili

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Swahili

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Google previewThe Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet in the Choral Rehearsal (2010)

by Duane R. Karna

Swahili is the most widely spoken language ...

Google previewLanguage, Discourse and Participation (2009)

Studies in Donor-driven Development in Tanzania by Irmi Maral-Hanak

In Tanzania, although English continues to be a prestigious language of secondary and higher education, professionalism and international communication, Swahili is the primary language of interaction at the national level, being firmly ...

Google previewSocial Motivations for Codeswitching (1995)

Evidence from Africa by Carol Myers-Scotton

For the salaried worker to use Swahili is a marked choice. Even though it is widely known in...

More than anything else, Swahili is the language of outgroup encounters, the language of the multi- ethnic ...

Google previewHuman Geography , People, Place, and Culture (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Swahili: Swahili is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastline from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands. Although only 510 million ...

Google previewCultural Anthropology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Swahili: Swahili is a Bantu language spoken byvarious ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of theIndian Oceancoastlinefrom southern Somaliato northern Mozambique, includingtheComoros Islands.Although only 510million ...

Google previewAnthropology (2016)

Anthropology, Anthropology by CTI Reviews

Swahili: Swahili is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic ...

Google previewAnthropology, What Does It Mean to Be Human? (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Swahili is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastline from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands. Although only 5-10 million people ...

Google previewCultural Anthropology, An Applied Perspective (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Swahili: Swahili is a Bantu language spoken byvarious ethnicgroups that ...

Google previewHistory of Language (2004)

by Steven Roger Fischer

Swahili is the Bantu language of Africa's eastern coast and Zanzibar which, many centuries ago, borrowed a great deal of Arabic vocabulary in order to be used, with Bantu grammar, as a lingua franca. In the nineteenth century, Arab slave ...

Google previewThe English is Coming! (2010)

How One Language is Sweeping the World by Leslie Dunton-Downer

Spoken in a large area of sub-Saharan East Africa, initially in coastal trading zones and on the influential island of Zanzibar, but later used inland as well, Swahili is a Bantu language from the widely dispersed NigerCongo family of languages.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East (2009)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

SWAHILI location: Kenya and Tanzania time period: 11th century c.e . to present ancestry: Bantu, Cushitic, Arab, Persian language: Bantu (Niger-Congo) SWAZI location: Swaziland, South Africa, and Mozambique time period: 15th ...

Google previewFood Cultures of the World Encyclopedia [4 volumes] (2011)

[Four Volumes] by Ken Albala

The Swahili (WaSwahili) are a Muslim people who live on the coast of East Africa . In some respects Swahilis differ significantly from other East Africans. They have always typically lived in city-state towns rather than in nomadic groups (like the ...

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009)

by Jonathan Bloom, Sheila S. Blair

Jewelrymaking has a long history among the Swahili, encouraged by the custom of making lavish displays of personal adornments at weddings and on other important occasions. Particularly notable are amulet necklaces of small silver or gold ...

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Quotes about Swahili

There are three things which if one does not know, one cannot live long in the world what is too much for one, what is too little for one, and what is just right for one.
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Scrabble value of S1W4A1H4I1L1I1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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