Definitions for tswanaˈtswɑ nə, ˈswɑ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Tswa•naˈtswɑ nə, ˈswɑ-(n.)(pl.)-nas; -na.

  1. a member of an African people, a division of the Sotho, living mainly in Botswana and in the Transvaal and Cape Province in South Africa.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the Bantu language of the Tswana.

    Category: Peoples

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tswana, Bechuana, Batswana(noun)

    a member of a Bantu people living chiefly in Botswana and western South Africa

  2. Tswana, Setswana, Sechuana(noun)

    the dialect of Sotho spoken by the Tswana in Botswana


  1. Tswana(ProperNoun)

    A Bantu people living in Botswana and South Africa.

  2. Tswana(ProperNoun)

    The Bantu language of these people; Setswana.

  3. Origin: From Setswana.


  1. Tswana people

    The Tswana are a Bantu speaking Southern African people. The Tswana language belongs to the Bantu group of the Niger–Congo languages. Ethnic Tswana make up about 80% of the population of Botswana. In the nineteenth century, a common spelling and pronunciation of Batswana was Bechuana. Europeans therefore referred to the area inhabited by the Tswana as Bechuanaland. In the Tswana language, however, Botswana is the name for the country of the Tswana.


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