- a member of a Bantu people of Zanzibar and the neighboring coast of Africa.
- Also Kiswahili, ki-Swahili. the Bantu language of the Swahili people, used also as a lingua franca in Tanzania, Kenya, and parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Examples from the Web for swahili
The Telegraph reports that he is fluent in Swahili and a keen zoologist.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
Neither Arabic or Swahili writings make note of Gedi, despite it being located 65 miles from the port city of Mombasa.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
Campi ya Kanzi means “Camp of the Hidden Treasure” in Swahili.Eco-Chic Safari
July 27, 2010
Interestingly, as Azad means “freedom” in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Turkish, and other languages, "Uhuru" means "freedom" in Swahili.What Hogwarts Can Teach Muslims
Asra Q. Nomani
July 4, 2010
The Swahili language has been another powerful force in uniting Tanzanians.A Gruesome Black Market
October 28, 2009
The request was repeated outside in Swahili, and turned into a strange tongue.
"You have asked a true question," Kingozi shifted to Swahili.
Those who understood Swahili murmured eagerly to those who did not.
"You have done well, very well," Kingozi shifted to Swahili.
He cursed in Swahili and Portuguese, and his language was forcible and impolite.The Keepers of the King's Peace
- Also called: Kiswahili a language of E Africa that is an official language of Kenya and Tanzania and is widely used as a lingua franca throughout E and central Africa. It is a member of the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family, originally spoken in Zanzibar, and has a large number of loan words taken from Arabic and other languages
- Also called: Mswahili, Waswahili plural -lis or -li a member of a people speaking this language, living chiefly in Zanzibar
- of or relating to the Swahilis or their language
Word Origin and History for swahili
name of a Bantu people inhabiting the coast of South Africa, 1814, from Arabic sawahil, plural of sahil "coast" + gentilic suffix -i.