Masai

[muh-sahy]
noun, plural Ma·sais, (especially collectively) Ma·sai.
  1. 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.
  2. the Nilotic language of the Masai.
Also Maasai.
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  • Have you not heard of Lenani, the king of all Masai, and of his advice to his people?

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • His people are fierce, like the Masai, like the people of Lobengula, and make war their trade.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Whether the Masai will be our friends we shall see when we visit their country.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • But do not forget that in a few weeks the Masai also will be our allies.'

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • We received fifty cows and fifty bulls; the Masai half the number.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka


British Dictionary definitions for masai

Masai

noun
  1. plural -sais or -sai a member of a Nilotic people, formerly noted as warriors, living chiefly in Kenya and Tanzania
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Nilotic group of the Nilo-Saharan family
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