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Line breaks: Ki|swa¦hili
Pronunciation: /ˌkiːswəˈhiːli
, ˌkɪswɑː-/

Definition of Kiswahili in English:


Another term for Swahili (sense 1) of the noun).
Example sentences
  • For all trainees the weekly curriculum included classes in English and Kiswahili, music, social and religious education, and traditional crafts.
  • Most of the inhabitants speak Bantu languages, and Kiswahili, the national language of Tanzania, is also a lingua franca throughout the region.
  • The official languages are English and Kiswahili.


from the Bantu prefix ki- (used in names of languages) + Swahili.

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