Definition of Tswana in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtswɑːnə/

noun (plural same, Tswanas, or Batswana /batˈswɑnə/)

1A member of a southern African people living in Botswana, South Africa, and neighbouring areas.
Example sentences
  • The rest were 10 Indians, two Americans, two Koreans, one Kenyan, five Malawians, a Belgian, one Senegalese, one Dutch, one Greek, one German national, two Ghanaians, three Tswanas, two Canadians, a Dane and two Irish nationals.
  • Thank you to all my thousands of supporters, my people, all the farmers and all the Tswanas and Zulus who love me.
  • In the late 19th century, hostilities broke out between the Batswana and Boer settlers from the Transvaal.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Tswana, one of the official languages of South Africa. Also called Setswana.
Example sentences
  • The schoolbooks were in English, notably the ubiquitous Nelson's Royal Readers, and Plaatje emerged with English alongside Tswana as his main language.
  • There are other languages, Tswana, Venda, and Ndebela.
  • It boasts a multi-lingual programme, including Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Afrikaans and Xhosa, and creates an opportunity for writers to stimulate the often declining readership of their vernacular.


Relating to the Tswana or their language.
Example sentences
  • The name Kami means acceptance in the Tswana language.
  • The domination of the country by the Tswana polities has persisted in a nonethnic government through the easy assumption of the predominance of Tswana people, language, and customs.
  • There was a Bushman village near Roger's camp and I walked there with Tumalano, his Tswana foreman, who spoke their language as well as English.


Stem of Setswana moTswana, plural baTswana.

Words that rhyme with Tswana

Africana, Afrikaner, Americana, ana, banana, Botswana, bwana, cabana, caragana, Christiana, Dana, darner, Edwardiana, garner, Georgiana, Ghana, Gloriana, Guiana, gymkhana, Haryana, iguana, Lana, lantana, liana, Lipizzaner, Ljubljana, Mahayana, mana, mañana, marijuana, nirvana, Oriana, pacarana, piranha, prana, Purana, Rosh Hashana, Santayana, Setswana, sultana, Tatiana, Tijuana, Tirana, tramontana, varna, Victoriana, zenana

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