[hou-sah, -suh, -zuh]
- a member of an indigenous people of northern Nigeria and southern Niger whose culture has been strongly influenced by Islam.
- the language of the Hausa people, belonging to the Chadic branch of the Afroasiatic family, widely used in Africa as a language of commerce.
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Examples from the Web for hausa
Chika, a well-to-do young Igbo woman, has been pulled to safety in a deserted shop by a Hausa Muslim woman.The Hypocrite Killer
June 17, 2009
The scouts were called in; and the Hausa company set off, in fours, along the path.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
Waziri nodded, and supplied the Hausa phrase for this skill.Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang
Beriberi (or Berberi) is the name given them by the Hausa (see Bornu).
He talks Arabic, and Hausa, and krooboy palaver as well as I do.
Your Hausa man—Hudson his name is—urged us to push on this far.
- plural -sas or -sa a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in N Nigeria
- the language of this people: the chief member of the Chadic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is widely used as a trading language throughout W Africa and the S Sahara