Definition of "swahili" []

  • A language of E Africa that is an official language of Kenya and Tanzania and is widely used as a lingua franca throughout E and central Africa. It is a member of the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family, originally spoken in Zanzibar, and has a large number of loan words taken from Arabic and other languages (noun)
  • A member of a people speaking this language, living chiefly in Zanzibar (noun)
  • Of or relating to the Swahilis or their language (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "swahili" in a sentence
  • "Amy said ... hola katrina. thinking of you every day. hope you are having fun, learning swahili (sp?) and taking pics of your adventure. i sent you something in the mail yesterday, i hope you get it eventually. lots of love over here sent your way~ love, barney n gang"
  • "Our guide was a man named Daudi (swahili for David) Peterson, who grew up in Tanzania and runs an extraordinary organization called Dorobo Safaris."
  • "I know it wasn't latin, or french, or swahili, whatever, but it worked for me."
  • "My days consist mainly of: going on random walks in my village, stopping to talk to people, who then either: laugh at me, stare at me blankly when i try to speak swahili, offer me food, or ask me for money/food/presents."