Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a predominantly Muslim people inhabiting northern Nigeria and southern Niger.
  • noun A Chadic language spoken by the Hausa, widely used as a trade language in West Africa.

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  • noun A Moslem people living in Nigeria and part of Niger.
  • noun The Chadic language spoken by these people.

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  • noun the chief member of the Chadic family of Afroasiatic languages; widely used as a trading language
  • noun a member of a Negroid people living chiefly in northern Nigeria

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hausa háusáawáa, pl. of bàháušè, a Hausa.]

Examples

  • Hausa is a major trade language for much of Nigeria, Niger and beyond.

    Dusty Paths and Thirsty Souls

  • TWR broadcasts the good news ½ hour daily in Hausa to Nigeria.

    Radio: sowing seeds in Nigeria

  • His people still call the Hausa Muslims ajei, which means “those who trouble us.”

    God’s Country

  • His people still call the Hausa Muslims ajei, which means “those who trouble us.”

    God’s Country

  • The Hausa are a Sahelian people chiefly located in the West African regions of northern Nigeria and southeastern Niger.

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  • In Africa, I heard original mother tongues, such as Hausa, and Swahili, being spoken, and there I was standing like some little boy, waiting for someone to tell me what had been said; I never will forget how ignorant I felt.

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • Linguists subscribe to a rather different explanation for the observed similarities: that Berber and Arabic (and all the other languages he listed, and many he doesn't list such as Hausa and Somali) are all descended from a single language, called for convenience Proto-Afroasiatic (Greenberg

    Jabal al-Lughat

  • The affordability of digital filmmaking, and the popularity of widely distributed videos in English, Yoruba, and Hausa, have made Nigeria a thriving center of film production.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The affordability of digital filmmaking, and the popularity of widely distributed videos in English, Yoruba, and Hausa, have made Nigeria a thriving center of film production.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Boko Haram's name means "Western education is sinful" in the Hausa language.

    New Blast Shakes Northeast Nigeria

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