/swaˈhili/ (say swah'heelee)

1. a Bantu language, influenced by Arabic, spoken chiefly in Tanzania, Kenya, Congo, Burundi, and Uganda, and used widely as a lingua franca in eastern and central Africa; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania.
2. a people of coastal east Africa whose native language is Swahili.
3. (plural Swahili or Swahilis) a member of this people.
{Arabic: coastal}
Swahilian, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • SWAHILI — La langue swahili (kiswahili ) appartient à l’ensemble linguistique bantou. Née sur la côte d’Afrique orientale, elle est le fruit de la symbiose de peuples d’origines diverses. Le fait de parler cette langue définit de nos jours une communauté… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Swahili — oder Suaheli bezeichnet: Swahili (Sprache) (auch Kisuaheli, Suaheli oder Kiswahili genannt), eine Bantusprache Swahili (Gesellschaft), die Sprecher des Swahili und somit hauptsächlich Küstenbewohner Ostafrikas Diese Seite …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • swahili — [SUAÍLI] s. n. limbă bantu cu caractere arabe, în Africa orientală (Kenya, Tanzania). (< fr. swahili) Trimis de raduborza, 31.05.2008. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Swahili — [swä hē′lē] n. [< Ar sawāḥil, pl. of sāḥil, coast + i, belonging to ] 1. Swahilis or Swahili a member of a people living on Zanzibar and the nearby mainland 2. the Northern Bantu language of this people, characterized by a vocabulary with many …   English World dictionary

  • swahili — → suajili …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • Swahili — name of a Bantu people inhabiting the coast of South Africa, 1814, from Arabic sawahil, plural of sahil coast + gentilic suffix i …   Etymology dictionary

  • swahili — (Del ár. sawāḥil, pl. de sāḥil, costa). m. Lengua del grupo bantú hablada en África oriental …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Swahili — ► NOUN (pl. same) 1) a Bantu language widely used as a lingua franca in East Africa. 2) a member of a people of Zanzibar and nearby coastal regions. ORIGIN from an Arabic word meaning coasts …   English terms dictionary

  • Swahili — Cet article concerne le swahili dans son ensemble. Pour la variété standardisée et adoptée comme langue nationale en Tanzanie, au Kenya et en Ouganda, voir Kiswahili. Pour le peuple swahili, voir Swahilis. Swahili Kiswahili Parlée en …   Wikipédia en Français

  • swahilí — ► sustantivo masculino LINGÜÍSTICA Suahili, lengua bantú con influencias árabes y persas que se habla en África oriental. * * * swahili (pronunc. [suajíli]) m. *Lengua bantú de África oriental, con influencias árabes y persas y escritura latina,… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Swahili — Swahilian, adj. /swah hee lee/, n., pl. Swahilis, (esp. collectively) Swahili for 1. 1. a member of a Bantu people of Zanzibar and the neighboring coast of Africa. 2. Also, Kiswahili, ki Swahili. the Bantu language of the Swahili people, used… …   Universalium

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