Definition of Khoisan in English:


Syllabification: Khoi·san
Pronunciation: /ˈkoiˌsän


  • 1 [usually treated as plural] A collective term for the Khoikhoi (Hottentot) and San (Bushmen) peoples of southern Africa.
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    • In southern Africa, the Khoisan were pushed all the way to the southern tip of the continent.
    • The first inhabitants of Mozambique were hunters and gatherers, ancestors of the Khoisan now found in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia.
    • The Bushmen, or Khoisan, or hunter-gatherer Khoi, were a physically similar but culturally distinct people who lived contiguously with the Khoikhoi.
  • 2A language family of southern Africa, including the languages of the Khoikhoi and San, notable for the use of clicks as consonants.
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    • Bantu, Khoisan, and Indo-European languages are spoken in Botswana.


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  • Relating to the Khoisan or their languages.
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    • Members of the Khoisan language groups are the oldest surviving inhabitants of the land, but only a few are left in South Africa today - and they are located in the western sections.
    • However, the policy also promotes the use and development of sign language and ‘heritage languages’ such as Khoisan and Indian languages.
    • Essentially I am trying to represent her story through living people - people who reflect her and her spirit, such as contemporary Khoisan people.


blend of Khoikhoi and San.

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