Definition of Masai in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmäˌsī/ Pronunciation: /mäˈsī/
(also Maasai)

noun (plural same or Masais)

1A member of a pastoral people living in Tanzania and Kenya.
Example sentences
  • For his generation that was born in Kenya with its mixture of Kikuyus and whites, Indians and Masais, the memories are of the magical years of school and friendships and the lurking fear of violence that was never far away.
  • I believe two issues are of importance here; the first is the need for cash, and the second is the reproduction of the pastoral identity of the Maasai.
  • The Masai in eastern Africa have raised cattle for centuries.
2The Nilotic language of the Masai.
Example sentences
  • This consisted of carefully organized caravans whose leaders spoke Masai and had developed wide contacts among this otherwise hostile people.
  • He had arranged for a 14-day tented safari with an outfitter that advertised small groups, reasonable prices and a well-known British guide who had lived in Kenya since he was a child and spoke Masai like a native.
  • I entered and started talking to the owner of the town's only little restaurant in English to discover, to my delight, that he only spoke Masai and Kiswahili.


Relating to the Masai or their language.
Example sentences
  • Classroom lessons are taught in English, not in the Maasai language.
  • She said the Masai people were in great need of language education.
  • And miles away from the hospital is this tiny Masai settlement.

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Syllabification: Ma·sai

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