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

  • Formerly Ba·su·to·land (bə-so͞oˈtō-lăndˌ)Lesotho A country of southern Africa forming an enclave within east-central South Africa. Inhabited originally by the San and later by a variety of Sotho-speaking peoples, the area became a British protectorate in 1868 and achieved its independence in 1966. Maseru is the capital. Population: 2,130,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Southern Africa. Official name: Kingdom of Lesotho.

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  • n. a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966


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After the Sotho people.


  • Often when I was visiting Lesotho, she would cook me dinner, and once she presented me with a gift, a cloth bag her mother had sewn for me with an image of a hut and the word Lesotho screen-printed in blue ink on one side.

    No Place Left to Bury the Dead

  • Chapter 1: Maleshoane 1. The name Lesotho means “place of the people who speak Sotho.”

    No Place Left to Bury the Dead

  • James Ferguson – The Anti-Politics Machine: Development, Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho (a book not nearly as narrow in scope as the title suggests)

    Matthew Yglesias » Influential Books

  • "No Ordinary Scientist" Mail & Guardian online, Aug. 13 1008. this article tells Nyokong's story, from growing up in Lesotho as a shepherd, to eventually choosing to pursue a career in chemistry, and her recent successes and awards.

    2009 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards

  • This year, funds raised by the 2007 Menu for Hope campaign will be earmarked for a school food program in Lesotho, a tiny country entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, where one out of twelve kids die before the age of five and 56% of the population live on less than $2 per day.

    Menu for Hope

  • Co-founded Touching Tiny Lives Foundation, a non-profit supporting a program for kids affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, South Africa.

    College Academic All-Stars: Third Team

  • All of your money goes towards bringing a nutritious school lunch to children in Lesotho, Africa.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • Not such a rare thing, but it's interesting to see it documented by Paul, a blogger/aid worker in Lesotho:

    Boing Boing: April 2, 2006 - April 8, 2006 Archives

  • Stories by and about Women in Lesotho (Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1995).

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • Switching gears here a little bit, want to tell you about a priceless gem in the South African nation of Lesotho, that was bought by a diamond dealer there; $12 million stone called the Lesotho Promise.

    CNN Transcript Oct 10, 2006


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