Gullah

[guhl-uh]
noun
  1. a member of a population of black Americans inhabiting the Sea Islands and the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida.
  2. a creolized form of English spoken by the Gullahs, containing many words and grammatical features derived from African languages.

Origin of Gullah

1730–40; of uncertain origin; variously identified with Angola or the Gola, a Liberian ethnic group
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Gullah

noun
  1. plural -lahs or -lah a member of a Negroid people living on the Sea Islands or in the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, and NE Florida
  2. the creolized English spoken by these people
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Word Origin and History for gullah

Gullah

"of or pertaining to blacks on the sea-islands of Georgia and South Carolina," 1739 (first attested as a male slave's proper name), of uncertain origin. Early 19c. folk etymology made it a shortening of Angola (homeland of many slaves) or traced it to a W. African tribal group called the Golas.

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