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See also: swahili
From Swahili swahili, from Arabic سَوَاحِلِيّ (sawāḥiliyy, “(people) of the coasts”), from سَوَاحِل (sawāḥil, “coasts”), plural of سَاحِل (sāḥil, “coast”).
- An agglutinative language of the Bantu branch widely spoken in East Africa. Born in its modern form from the hybridization of the Arabic and Bantu cultures, it was the language of the traders in East Africa, and spread along the routes of trade.
Swahili (plural Swahilis or Swahili)
- A member of various ethnic groups — mainly Bantu, Afro-Arab and Comorian — inhabiting the Swahili coast.
- Synonym: (plural) Waswahili
- 2000, Arye Oded, Islam and Politics in Kenya, page 12:
- The Swahilis are a unique and important community that began to form before the arrival of Islam, as a result of intermarriage between Arab traders who came to the coast and women from local ethnic groups.
- 2017, Derek Nurse; Thomas Spear, The Swahili, page 29:
- The final sources for the early history of the Swahili are the oral traditions related by them about their own past.
- Wiktionary’s coverage of Swahili terms
- Appendix:Swahili Swadesh list for a Swadesh list of basic vocabulary words in Swahili
- ISO 639-1 code sw, ISO 639-3 code swa (SIL)
- Ethnologue entry for Swahili, swa , a macrolanguage including:
Borrowed from Swahili [Term?].
- Swahili (language)
- English terms borrowed from Swahili
- English terms derived from Swahili
- English terms derived from Arabic
- English terms derived from the Arabic root س ح ل
- English 3-syllable words
- English terms with IPA pronunciation
- English terms with audio links
- English lemmas
- English proper nouns
- English nouns
- English countable nouns
- English indeclinable nouns
- English nouns with irregular plurals
- English terms with quotations
- Dutch terms borrowed from Swahili
- Dutch terms derived from Swahili
- Dutch terms with IPA pronunciation
- Dutch terms with audio links
- Dutch lemmas
- Dutch proper nouns
- Dutch neuter nouns