Definition of Sotho in English:


Syllabification: So·tho
Pronunciation: /ˈsōtō

noun (plural same or Sothos)

1A member of a group of peoples living chiefly in Botswana, Lesotho, and northern South Africa.
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  • According to 1995 estimates, there were about 5.6 million people who identified themselves as southern or northern Sotho in South Africa.
  • The Sothos' worship of Modimo is mingled with ancestor worship, and indeed ancestors play a significant part in most traditional black African faiths.
  • About three-quarters of the clan groups are Nguni; the remainder are Sotho and Tsonga.
2The group of Bantu languages spoken by the Sotho.
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  • Sesotho, or Southern Sotho, is spoken in Lesotho as well as in parts of South Africa.
  • In the new South Africa, television broadcasts can be heard in the most prevalent languages: English, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, and Afrikaans.
  • Teaching was often in Cape Dutch, the children spoke a variety of African languages, such as Tswana, Sotho, or Koranna, and the teachers often spoke German.


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Relating to the Sotho or their languages.
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  • The ancestors of the Sotho people entered the area south of the Limpopo River in several migrations.
  • A feature of Sotho kinship was that a person was allowed to marry a cousin who was a member of the same clan.
  • The Sotho tradition also includes praise poems and folk tales, one of the most prominent of which is a tale concerning a boy named Santkatana, who saves the world by killing a giant monster.


the stem of Basotho and Sesotho.

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