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Pronunciation: /ˈtʊtsi

noun (plural same or Tutsis)

  • A member of a people forming a minority of the population of Rwanda and Burundi but who formerly dominated the Hutu majority. Historical antagonism between the peoples led in 1994 to large-scale ethnic violence, especially in Rwanda.
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    • As in Rwanda, the fighting in Burundi pits the ethnic minority Tutsi against the majority Hutu.
    • The warring Hutus and Tutsis of Rwanda speak the one language.
    • Altogether some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus are estimated to have been killed in Rwanda's genocide.


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  • Relating to the Tutsi.
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    • Driven into exile, Tutsi children formed the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front.
    • The Burundian army said it was braced for further attacks on Tutsi refugee camps.
    • Traditionally, male Tutsi children are given extensive training in public speaking, storytelling, traditional dances, and military skills.


a local name. See also Watusi.

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