Definition of Khoikhoi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkoikoi/
(also Khoi-khoin /-ˌkoi-in/, Khoi)

noun (plural same)

A member of a group of indigenous peoples of South Africa and Namibia, traditionally nomadic hunter-gatherers, including the Nama people and the ancestors of the Griquas.
Example sentences
  • They had a fracas with the local people, the Khoi.
  • In addition to the Afrikaners, the Cape was also inhabited by its indigenous people, the Khoikhoi, by slaves brought in by the Dutch, and by communities of people of mixed race.
  • Roughly one-fifth of the total, or 1.1 million people were counted as Europeans and 8.6 per cent as coloured, overwhelmingly in the Cape, descended from the Khoikhoi, slaves, and settlers.


Relating to the Khoikhoi or their languages.
Example sentences
  • The latter, speakers of the so-called ‘click language,’ included the Khoi people, and the San or Bushmen.
  • New futures are easier to talk about than achieve but, driving back to my home in Swellendam, I remember the words of another Khoi song I read in the museum.
  • I believe that Qonce was a San or Khoi name for the Buffalo River.


Nama, literally 'men of men'.

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Syllabification: Khoi·khoi

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