Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Sotho: Sotho language, Sotho people


 (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"
References in periodicals archive ?
There are 6 indigenous African languages spoken in the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana and Congolese.
The new economic realities made white farmers in Winburg and elsewhere in the two Boer Republics inordinately dependent on the initiative, skills, and movable property (wagons, plows, and livestock) of Sotho and Tswana, which shared labor tenants and peasant smallholders; the political institutions of the two Boer republics strongly short-circuited social mobility and accumulation of wealth for black inhabitants.
Batho Pele is a Sotho word meaning "People First": this implies that public servants should put communities at the centre when rendering services.
Main events in this period were: the weakening of Xhosa (southern Nguni) power through the eighteenth century division in the royal house and the Xhosa cattle-killing of 1856; the rise of the Shaka kingdom and the mfecane/difiqane, a state of war between the Zulu (northern Nguni) kingdom and its Sotho neighbours; the Afrikaners' Trek into the northern grasslands during 1835-8; industrialisation after the 1880s and the wars of 1899-1902, 1914-18 and 1939-45; and the publication of the automatically banned, anti-Hamite Freedom Charter(1955).
He wanted to improve his English and he was showing me birds, stars and other things around, telling me how all these are called in South Sotho, his own language, and asking me to teach him the English word.
Moshoeshoe voiced his alarm on hearing that Posholi, in his capacity as sometime British operative, had tortured prisoners taken during skirmishes, making Posholi an even less desirable associate for the Sotho leader.
5 Reflections: 'Shiniuma Dead Horse,' 'Pigeon' and 'Beyond the Bridge' (by Brillante Mendoza, Isao Yukisada, Sotho Kulikar; drama) -This omnibus film by acclaimed Asian directors was made for the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, a filmmaking project coproduced by Japan Foundation Asia Center and Tokyo International Film Festival.
His bravery can certainly be noted as an influence for other filmmakers telling their own stories about the Khmer Rouge, such as Brother Number One (Annie Goldson & Peter Gilbert, 2011), a New Zealand documentary recounting the heretofore-unknown story of a white man from Whakatane who was swept up in the genocide by accident; Golden Slumbers (Davy Chou, 2011), about the nation's once-thriving film industry, which was subsequently destroyed; and The Last Reel (Kulikar Sotho, 2014), about the hidden secrets of the genocide revealed by a newly discovered film.
Incidentally, tetanus does not have a universally accepted name in the Sotho and Nguni languages.
As importantly, most of southern Africa's inward and outward freight (for such countries as Botswana, Le- sotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia) enters through Durban.
It is perhaps appropriate at this point to emphasise that the Bataung ba Molete, like most of the Sotho-Tswana and other Bantu peoples, practised an economy of mixed farming; they were able to spread out and gradually settle ever larger areas, intermixing with various peoples (other Sotho, Nguni, San, and so on) and adapting to differing ecological conditions.
24) Levitin underscores the importance of singing in other non-Western cultures, like the Sotho villagers in South Africa, where singing is as natural as talking.