Definition of Acholi in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkōlē/ Pronunciation: /əˈCHō-/


1 (plural same) A member of a farming and pastoral people of northern Uganda and South Sudan.
Example sentences
  • One of them was the Acholi, a tribe that populates the northern Gulu region where the couple struggled for years to build their hospital.
  • The Acholi is the dominant tribe in northern Uganda.
  • The Acholi are located in the Gulu, Kitgum and Pader districts, while the Langi are in the neighboring Lango district.
2The Nilotic language of the Acholi.
Example sentences
  • The Western Nilotic language groups include the Langi and Acholi as well as the Alur.
  • But, Okot's topical, graphic, and exciting version, read side by side with my ponderous lines, should yield to the reader as much of what the Acholi original has as is possible.
  • Mother tongue proficiency in Acholi, Ateso, Kumam or Lango and excellent English and/or French are required.


Relating to the Acholi or their language.
Example sentences
  • The Acholi tribe has sophisticated rites of forgiveness and reconciliation, a lesson to those of us in the West.
  • Some reference to the classical West African epics, to Oko p'Bitek's Acholi songs, or the long tradition of Swahili literature would have been useful.
  • The Acholi and Langi ethnic groups were particular objects of Amin's political persecution because they had supported Obote and made up a large part of the army.


The name in Acholi.

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Syllabification: A·cho·li

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