[ yawr-uh-buh, yohr- ]
/ ˈyɔr ə bə, ˈyoʊr- /

noun, plural Yo·ru·bas, (especially collectively) Yo·ru·ba for 1.

a member of a numerous West African coastal people.
the language of the Yoruba, a Kwa language.

Related forms

Yo·ru·ban, adjective
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/ (ˈjɒrʊbə) /


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
the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family

Derived Forms

Yoruban, adjective
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