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 (bə-sō′tō, -so͞o′to͞o)
n. pl. Basotho or Ba·so·thos
A member of a Sotho-speaking people of Lesotho and adjacent parts of South Africa.

[Sotho : ba-, pl. n. pref. + -sotho, Sotho.]


(bəˈsuːtuː; -ˈsəʊtəʊ)
n, pl -tho or -thos
(Peoples) a member of the subgroup of the Sotho people who chiefly inhabit Lesotho. Former name: Basuto
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Noun1.Basotho - a member of a subgroup of people who inhabit LesothoBasotho - a member of a subgroup of people who inhabit Lesotho
Basutoland, Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesotho - a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
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We want people to realise that this special permit is intended to make the lives of the Basotho people easier," said Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
He argues that, in his survey, Southern African Literatures (1996), Chapman finds no place in his grand scheme for a category of "Literature in Lesotho" or, more precisely for the Englishand-Sesotho-language production of the Basotho people and expatriate writers who have joined it.
Naming practices among the Basotho people of South Africa also serves as religious, political and social functions (Monnig, 1967).
In the same vein Kunene (1971) views indigenous cultural location as enlightenment and equates it to the liberation of the Basotho people in particular, and Africans in general.
The Basotho people are living in a condition of insecurity which is difficult to explain, even by the government that is being threatened.
funded Millennium Challenge Account Compact, a new $362 million povertyreduction initiative designed by the Basotho people.
Subscribing to the Foucauldian belief that power is "always already" everywhere and therefore doesn't necessarily imply domination, while also observing that Eurocentric accounts of colonial power are likely to distort the actual operations of power in a setting in which the colonizers are numerically few and interact with the colonized only in limited settings, the author conducts an analysis of power in colonial Lesotho which focuses on alternative uses of coercion and force, rhetoric, and diplomacy, unearthing hidden discourse and dissent among the BaSotho people together with open conflicts challenging the colonial order.
By the 1960s, South Africa's mines had workforces that were more than 80 percent foreign--because the foreign men could be sent back across the borders when the mines were done with them, and because the mine bosses believed that some ethnic groups, such as the Basotho people of Lesotho, were easier to control than others.
Objective: To improve the lives of Basotho people in rural communities by using innovative solar micro-generator technology to provide an affordable and renewable source of electricity to encourage regional manufacture.
In Lesotho, Phaello Ntsonyane investigated the current status of indigenous stories amongst Basotho people.
It was incursions by Zulus during the early 19th century that led to local king Moshoeshoe bringing the region's tribes together as the Basotho people.
In his recent survey, Southern African Literatures, Michael Chapman finds no place in his grand scheme for a category of "Literature in Lesotho," or more precisely for the English- and Sesotho-language production of the Basotho people and the expatriate writers who have joined them.