[ song-gahy ]

noun,plural Son·ghais, (especially collectively) Son·ghai for 1.
  1. a member of a group of peoples living along the Niger River in the area of Timbuktu and Gao in Mali and in adjacent areas of Niger and Burkina Faso.

  2. a West African empire dominated by the Songhai that flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries.

  1. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Songhai.

Words Nearby Songhai Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for Songhai


/ (sɒŋˈɡaɪ) /

  1. plural -ghai or -ghais a member of a Nilotic people of W Africa, living chiefly in Mali and Niger in the central Niger valley

  2. the language or group of dialects spoken by this people, now generally regarded as forming a branch of the Nilo-Saharan family

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