Definition of Tswana in English:


Syllabification: Tswa·na
Pronunciation: /ˈ(t)swänə

noun (plural same, Tswanas, or Batswana /bätˈswänə/)

  • 1A member of a people living in Botswana, South Africa, and neighboring areas.
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    • The rest were 10 Indians, two Americans, two Koreans, one Kenyan, five Malawians, a Belgian, one Senegalese, one Dutch, one Greek, one German national, two Ghanaians, three Tswanas, two Canadians, a Dane and two Irish nationals.
    • Thank you to all my thousands of supporters, my people, all the farmers and all the Tswanas and Zulus who love me.
    • In the late 19th century, hostilities broke out between the Batswana and Boer settlers from the Transvaal.
  • 2The Bantu language of the Tswana. Also called Setswana.
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    • The schoolbooks were in English, notably the ubiquitous Nelson's Royal Readers, and Plaatje emerged with English alongside Tswana as his main language.
    • There are other languages, Tswana, Venda, and Ndebela.
    • It boasts a multi-lingual programme, including Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Afrikaans and Xhosa, and creates an opportunity for writers to stimulate the often declining readership of their vernacular.


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  • Relating to the Tswana or their language.
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    • The name Kami means acceptance in the Tswana language.
    • The domination of the country by the Tswana polities has persisted in a nonethnic government through the easy assumption of the predominance of Tswana people, language, and customs.
    • There was a Bushman village near Roger's camp and I walked there with Tumalano, his Tswana foreman, who spoke their language as well as English.


stem of Setswana moTswana, plural baTswana.

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