[yawr-uh-buh, yohr-]
noun, plural Yo·ru·bas, (especially collectively) Yo·ru·ba for 1.
  1. a member of a numerous West African coastal people.
  2. the language of the Yoruba, a Kwa language.
Related formsYo·ru·ban, adjective
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Examples from the Web for yoruba

Contemporary Examples of yoruba

  • This is why Americans speak English even though more of us are ethnically German or Yoruba.

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    Can Walmart Change?

    Megan McArdle

    November 29, 2012

  • And Marta Moreno Vega, an Afro-Caribbean expert on Yoruba philosophy, seems to dare you to sum up her ethnicity.

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    The Latin Look

    Blake Gopnik

    August 19, 2011

Historical Examples of yoruba

  • The Yoruba country is between the other two I have mentioned.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The Yoruba country was the chief scene of their hunting expeditions.

    Tales of the Sea

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • In the Egba tribes of the Yoruba country they become objects of worship.

    Fetichism in West Africa

    Robert Hamill Nassau

  • Whether or no to place Benin with Yoruba or with Calabar is a problem.

    West African studies

    Mary Henrietta Kingsley

  • There is, no doubt, a very close connection between it and Yoruba.

    West African studies

    Mary Henrietta Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for yoruba


  1. plural -bas or -ba a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the coastal regions of SW Nigeria: noted for their former city states and complex material culture, particularly as evidenced in their music, art, and sculpture
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
Derived FormsYoruban, adjective
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