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[kee-swah-hee-lee] /ˌki swɑˈhi li/

(def 2).
[swah-hee-lee] /swɑˈhi li/
noun, plural Swahilis (especially collectively) Swahili for 1.
a member of a Bantu people of Zanzibar and the neighboring coast of Africa.
Also, Kiswahili, ki-Swahili. the Bantu language of the Swahili people, used also as a lingua franca in Tanzania, Kenya, and parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Also called Kiswahili. 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
Also called Mswahili, Waswahili, (pl) -lis, -li. a member of a people speaking this language, living chiefly in Zanzibar
of or relating to the Swahilis or their language

name of a Bantu people inhabiting the coast of South Africa, 1814, from Arabic sawahil, plural of sahil “coast” + gentilic suffix -i.


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