- pl. -·lis or -·li a member of a people living on Zanzibar and the nearby mainland
- the Northern Bantu language of this people, characterized by a vocabulary with many Arabic roots and used as a lingua franca in EC Africa and parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin of Swahilifrom Arabic saw??il, plural of s??il, coast + -i, belonging to
nounpl. Swahili, or Swa·hi·lis
- A Bantu language of the coast and islands of eastern Africa from Somalia to Mozambique. It is an official language of Tanzania and is widely used as a lingua franca in eastern and east-central Africa. Also called Kiswahili .
- An inhabitant of coastal eastern Africa for whom Swahili is the mother tongue.
Origin of SwahiliSwahili from Arabic sawāhilī of the coasts from sawāhil pl. of sāhil coast active participle of sahala to scrape off, smooth šhl
From Swahili swahili, from plural of Arabic Ø³Ø§ØÙ„ (sÄá¸¥il, “coast").