Definitions for yorubaˈyɔr ə bə, ˈyoʊr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Yoruba(noun)

    a member of a West African people living chiefly in southwestern Nigeria

  2. Yoruba, Aku(noun)

    a Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba in southwestern Nigeria


  1. Yoruba(ProperNoun)

    A sub-Saharan language. It belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family, and has nearly 30 million speakers in Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone, as well as communities in Brazil and Cuba.

  2. Yoruba(ProperNoun)

    A family of religions, which spread to the Americas in the 15th to 19th centuries. These include Santeria and Lukumi. See .


  1. Yoruba people

    The Yoruba people are an ethnic group of Southwestern and North central Nigeria as well as Southern and Central Benin in West Africa. The Yorùbá constitute over 35 million people in total; the majority of this population is from Nigeria and make up 21% of its population, according to the CIA World Factbook, making them one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. The majority of the Yoruba speak the Yoruba language which is tonal, and is the Niger-Congo language with the largest number of native speakers. The Yorùbá share borders with the Borgu in Benin; the Nupe and Ebira in central Nigeria; and the Edo, the Ẹsan, and the Afemai in mid-western Nigeria. The Igala and other related groups are found in the northeast, and the Egun, Fon, Ewe and others in the southeast Benin. The Itsekiri who live in the north-west Niger delta are related to the Yoruba but maintain a distinct cultural identity. Significant Yoruba populations in other West African countries can be found in Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast,Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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