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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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I have over the years, had the exceptional privilege, of pursuing African wildlife in the company of Matabeles, Shangaans, Sothos, Vendas, Tsongas plus various members of the vast network of Shona-speaking tribes.
In both language and culture, the Moutse belonged to the North Sotho group of Lebowa: all its chiefs were North Sothos, 16 of the 20 members of the Moutse Regional Authority were North Sothos, and 40 of the district's 46 primary schools used Northern Sotho as the medium of instruction (Braun 1986).
In Chaka (1925), the author intertwines references to Sotho and Nguni cultures to rationalise the meaning of botho as the basis of individual and social identity.