- a member of an African people inhabiting the highlands of Kenya and Tanzania and having a largely pastoral economy and a society based on the patrilineal clan.
- the Nilotic language of the Masai.
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Examples from the Web for masai
“The Masai who live around the lake are used to these creatures washing up—they think of them as junk,” said Brandt, 47.Frozen in Time: An Elegy to Africa’s Disappearing Species
October 5, 2013
Today, a Masai warrior with a cellphone has better telecom capabilities than the president of the United States did 25 years ago.The World Is Getting Better, Argues New Book, ‘Abundance’
February 21, 2012
Have you not heard of Lenani, the king of all Masai, and of his advice to his people?
His people are fierce, like the Masai, like the people of Lobengula, and make war their trade.
The alliance with the Masai was of too much importance to us for us to wish it dissolved.
The Masai, on the other hand, were at first greatly troubled by the conditions demanded of them.
If they refused, we would force them to grant it, as we did the Masai.
- plural -sais or -sai a member of a Nilotic people, formerly noted as warriors, living chiefly in Kenya and Tanzania
- the language of this people, belonging to the Nilotic group of the Nilo-Saharan family