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

  • n. A member of a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting Rwanda and Burundi.

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  • proper n. An ethnic group in Rwanda and Burundi.
  • proper n. A member of the group.

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  • n. a member of a Bantu speaking people living in Rwanda and Burundi


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



  • Its ideologues argue that the Hutu-Tutsi divide was a creation of Rwanda's old colonial masters, the Belgians, and that a Tutsi is simply a Hutu whose ancestors owned cows.

    "Hotel Rwanda"

  • During Apartheid, blacks and coloreds were spat on and killed like excess garbage, and in the Rwandan genocide, the Hutus called the Tutsi "cockroaches" and stomped them out like little more.

    The Full Feed from

  • The government consistently denies all charges of favoritism, pointing to its ban five years ago of the use of the terms Tutsi or Hutu as evidence of the ethnicity-blind society it says it is working hard to foster.

    Christian Science Monitor | Top Stories

  • In the interview, Nkunda never mentioned the word Tutsi, saying his mission is to protect the Congolese people. - RSS

  • Following a two-day plenary session, during which Mandela raised some hackles with his call for an end to what he called the Tutsi monopoly on power in Hutu-majority Burundi, talks are due to continue for a further 10 to 14 days.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I did have the idea that -- that -- that traditional view -- that there was -- because there were these two groups called Tutsi and Hutu, and because some had killed some, there must be two sides to this story.

    We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda

  • "Now Kabila is using the media to raise the population against what Kabila has termed a Tutsi conspiracy," the expatriate said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Most of the dead belonged to an ethnic group known as the Tutsi, while most of the killings were carried out by members of an ethnic group known as the Hutu.

    The Seattle Times

  • "There are myriad examples of Captain Nizeyimana ordering those under his influence to attack, kill and rape civilians identified as Tutsi," Drew White from the prosecutor's office said.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The Tutsi were the wealthier group, and allegedly were favored by the Belgians for leadership positions over the poorer Hutu. stories


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