Definition of Sotho

1. Noun. A member of the Bantu people who inhabit Botswana, Lesotho, and northern South Africa and who speak the Sotho languages.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to any of the group of Sotho languages. "Sotho noun classifiers"

3. Noun. Any of the mutually intelligible southern Bantu languages of the Sotho in Botswana and South Africa and Lesotho.
Generic synonyms: Bantoid Language, Bantu
Specialized synonyms: Basuto, Sesotho, Sechuana, Setswana, Tswana

Definition of Sotho

1. Proper noun. A group of closely related Bantu lects spoken in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, and Zambia. ¹

2. Proper noun. (context: specifically) '''Sesotho'''. (qualifier language) ¹

3. Proper noun. A '''Mosotho'''. (qualifier person) ¹

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Sotos' syndrome
Soup Bowl

Literary usage of Sotho

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Black Composers of Southern Africa by Yvonne Huskisson, Sarita Hauptfleisch (1992)
"Appointed Announcer of N. sotho Service of Radio Bantu, Pretoria, ... Interest gradually extended to jazz and N. sotho light vocals. ..."

2. South Africa's Magnifying Glass: A Profile of Gauteng Province by Pieter Kok, Ronelle Brandt (1998)
"On a level of difficulty of many government messages, the Reaching Critical Mass (RCM) survey of the SABC found English, Northern sotho, Southern sotho and ..."

3. New Dictionary of South African Biography by E. J. Verwey, Nelson Mandela (1995)
"... sotho language terminology that led the Department of Bantu Education language committees to compile sotho terminologies in other subjects as well. ..."

4. Disability and Social Change: A South African Agenda by Brian Watermeyer (2007)
"... School at Rustenburg for Tswana, South and North sotho pupils; the Dominican school at Hammanskraal for the Tswana and North sotho pupils; ..."

5. Hope for South Africa? by Lewis H. Gann, Peter Duignan (1991)
"Something like 7 million people speak sotho languages (including 2.8 million Tswana, 2.9 million speakers of Northern sotho, and 1.9 million of Southern ..."

6. Introductory Sketch of the Bantu Languages by Alice Werner (1919)
"Versuch einer Grammatik des sotho. Berlin (Wilhelm Hertz), 1876. * Worterbuch der sotho-Sprache, Vol. VII. of Abhandlungen des Hamburgischen Koloni- ..."

7. Transforming South Africa by Armin Osmanovic (2002)
"Of the nine African languages currently officially acknowledged in law, all except one can be grouped under either Nguni or sotho-Tswana. ..."

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