Definition of Botswana in English:

Botswana

Syllabification: Bot·swa·na
Pronunciation: /bätˈswänə
 
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A landlocked country in southern Africa, the western half of which is the Kalahari Desert; population 1,990,900 (est. 2009); capital, Gaborone; languages, English (official) and Setswana.

Inhabited by Sotho people and, in the Kalahari Desert, San (Bushmen), the area was made the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland in 1885. It became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1966 and adopted the name Botswana

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Botswanan

adjective & noun
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  • It's not the language of Botswanans, Bosnians, or any other people - it's the language of a fast-spreading computer software known as digital ‘buddies.’
  • Though that terrible conflict persists, his work, continued by his Botswanan successor, has enabled the establishment of a broad-based government which may offer the best chance for peace in years.
  • This well-written and extremely readable novel combines an affectionate portrait of rural Botswanan life with a brave and necessary challenge to an arrogant patriarchal society.

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