Somali

[soh-mah-lee, suh-]
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noun, plural So·ma·lis, (especially collectively) So·ma·li.

a member of a Hamitic population showing an admixture of Arab, black, and other ancestry, and dwelling in Somalia and adjacent regions.
the Cushitic language of the Somali.

adjective

of or relating to Somalia,its people, or their language.

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Contemporary Examples of somali

Historical Examples of somali

  • He had got his marching orders and was to sail in the Somali from Southampton.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • The Somali attribute the duty of blood 502revenge to the kin, not to the tribe.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • One night we interviewed Askar, one of the Somali gunbearers.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • When we started we had four Somali gunbearers, each of whom rose at dawn to pray.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • Abdi, our head-man, was also a Somali, but of a different tribe.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon


British Dictionary definitions for somali

Somali

noun

plural -lis or -li a member of a tall dark-skinned people inhabiting Somalia
the language of this people, belonging to the Cushitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Somalia, the Somalis, or their language
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