Swahili

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Swahili 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
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The second best selling game of all time is Jenga. Jenga is a Swahili word, meaning "to build."
    • n Swahili swa-hē′li the name given to the people of Zanzibar and the opposite coast belonging to the Bantu stock, with an Arab infusion, and speaking a Bantu tongue modified by Arabic
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. Waswahili, 'coast people.'

Usage

In literature:

Those two words are never forgotten, and the veriest beginner in Swahili can recognize them without the slightest effort.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
From 'Swahili Tales,' by Edward Steere, LL.D.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
Nothing ever seems to damp the spirits of the Swahili porter.
"The Man-eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures" by J. H. Patterson
Then on one evil day the Swahili and other Arabs came in dhows to establish a slave-dealing station.
"Allan and the Holy Flower" by H. Rider Haggard
In a Swahili tale (Steere, p. 13) it is a gazelle.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
By Swahili time the day commences at 7 a.m.
"Sketches of the East Africa Campaign" by Robert Valentine Dolbey
This district harboured, besides the upper-class Swahilis and Arabs, a large number of East Indians.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
In a Swahili tale the hero's weapon is "a sword like a flash of lightning".
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
My Spanish is only a little bit better than my Swahili, so I missed what was going on, except for an occasional word.
"The Day of the Boomer Dukes" by Frederik Pohl
Swahili Tales, as told by natives of Zanzibar.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
If the culprits are Swahilis I flog them, and if they're whites I send them back to the coast.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Then he tries them in Swahili.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Swahili on the East coast.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The Swahili and Hindu versions appear to have been unknown, in 1870, to Dr. Koehler.
"Popular Tales" by Charles Perrault
But only a few of our men were Swahilis by blood.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
The district of Save on the north is a halting-place for Arab and Swahili caravans going north.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
My gun-bearer (a Swahili) now began to show an anxiety to turn back.
"Hunting in Many Lands" by Various
Lindi (Swahili for The Deep Below) Bay runs inland 6 m. and is 3 m. across, affording deep anchorage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
The only man who might have done it is that big scoundrel whom we got on the coast, the Swahili.
"Plays: Lady Frederick, The Explorer, A Man of Honor" by William Somerset Maugham
Most of the inhabitants are Swahili.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
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In news:

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – There is no "Hi" in Swahili.
Iconic Swahili traditional music Taarab star, Bi Kidude, is one of many Tanzanian musicians whose music is recorded on the Radio Tanzania archives that are being preserved.
"Kuumba" means "creativity" in Swahili.
Man, 46, speaks only Swahili, claims to have been in America 2 years.
A man who only speaks Swahili and has no hands has been accused of tossing boulders through windows at a KFC restaurant in Albuquerque.
Kwanza spelled with one 'a' is rooted in the Swahili word "matunda ya kwanza ," meaning "first fruits".
The name Kwanzaa is taken from the Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza , which loosely translated means, "first fruits".
Each of the principles has a Swahili name as well- even though most African-Americans are from West Africa and Swahili is primarily an East African language.
For the United Methodist Church's General Conference, gay and lesbian activists have printed pamphlets promoting their cause in five languages, including Portuguese and Swahili.
Swahili -inspired architecture and interior design in Lamu, Kenya.
I was at the University of North Carolina when I heard the Swahili anecdote.
On Exotic Swahili Coast Step into the world of writers and photographers as they tell you about the best, worst, and quirkiest places and adventures they encountered in the field.
Fulbright Scholar teaching Swahili at Bennett College.
So the band adopted the name Wanyama, which means "animals" in Swahili.
Swahili-inspired architecture and interior design in Lamu, Kenya.
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