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 (sō′tō, so͞o′to͞o)
n. pl. Sotho or So·thos
a. A group of closely related Bantu languages, including Tswana, spoken in southern Africa.
b. Any of these languages.
2. A member of a Sotho-speaking people.


(ˈsuːtuː; ˈsəʊtəʊ)
npl -tho or -thospl -tho or -thos
1. (Peoples) a member of a large grouping of Negroid peoples of southern Africa, living chiefly in Botswana, South Africa, and Lesotho
2. (Languages) the group of mutually intelligible languages of this people, including Lesotho, Tswana, and Pedi. It belongs to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
3. (Peoples) South African a member of the Basotho people; a Mosotho
4. (Languages) South African the dialect of Sotho spoken by the Basotho; Sesotho. It is an official language of Lesotho along with English
Former name (for senses 3, 4): Basuto


(ˈsu tu, ˈsoʊ toʊ)

n., pl. -thos, (esp. collectively) -tho for 1.
1. a member of any of a group of African peoples of Lesotho, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa.
2. the closely related Bantu languages of these peoples.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sotho - a member of the Bantu people who inhabit Botswana, Lesotho, and northern South Africa and who speak the Sotho languages
Botswana, Republic of Botswana - a landlocked republic in south-central Africa that became independent from British control in the 1960s
Basutoland, Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesotho - a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
Bantu - a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
2.Sotho - any of the mutually intelligible southern Bantu languages of the Sotho in Botswana and South Africa and Lesotho
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
Basuto, Sesotho - the dialect of Sotho spoken by the Basotho; an official language of Lesotho
Sechuana, Setswana, Tswana - the dialect of Sotho spoken by the Tswana in Botswana
Adj.1.Sotho - of or relating to any of the group of Sotho languages; "Sotho noun classifiers"
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Maboneng means place of light in Sotho and is owned and being developed by Propertuity.
The word naledi means star in South Africa's Sotho language.
Among the Northern Sotho, the Southern Sotho and the Botswana of South Africa, an individual's name has immense spiritual implications for the child and the people around him/her.
Currently available in English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho and Tswana, the service will be available in all 11 official languages by early next year, an NDoH spokesman added.
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Part of this program entailed visiting Lesedi Cultural Village in Johannesburg, South Africa, which highlighted the cultures of the Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa, Pali, and Ndebele tribes of southern Africa.
The second, smaller room of the main exhibition floor featured a television screening ceramics documentaries by David Riep (a specialist in Sotho Ceramics) and Christopher Roy, whose work documents ceramics techniques used throughout Africa.
In the twisted lexicon of apartheid, Africans were classified under the Race Classification Act as Bantu (native Africans), each legally domiciled to their ethnic "homeland'--be they Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, Sotho etc.
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In Xhosa, a star is inkwenkwezi, inkanyezi in Zulu, nyenyedzi in Shona, dinaledi in Sotho, tinyelei in Tsonga, maledzi in Venda, linaleri in Setswana, and nyota in Swahili.