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1. A member of a West African people primarily inhabiting coastal Senegal.
2. The Atlantic language of this people, widely used as a lingua franca in Senegal.

[Wolof wɔlɔf.]


npl -of or -ofs
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in Senegal
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the West Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo family


(ˈwoʊ lɒf)
n., pl. -lofs, (esp. collectively) -lof.
1. a member of an African people of Senegambia.
2. the West Atlantic language of the Wolof.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Wolof - the West African language of the Wolof in Senegal; related to Fula
West African - a group of languages spoken in the extreme western part of West Africa
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Based on the Wolof term for godmother, the Bajenu Gox Initiative provides support to women during the prenatal, delivery, and post-natal periods.
Habiba jette les cauris, ferme les yeux et en fonction de leur disposition decrypte a ces femmes leurs maux en wolof, demandant parfois leur approbation.
If you do it [in The Gambia] I will slit your throat," President Yahya Jammeh said in a public speech in the Wolof language, cited by VICE News.
Under the Naatal Mbay project, Engility will provide on-the-ground support to strengthen and improve agricultural production, natural resource management and marketing in key agricultural value chains (Naatal Mbay means "Flourishing Agriculture" in the Wolof language).
For example, the enslaved Africans, such as the Mandingo, Ibo, Akan, Wolof, were stripped of their original African group names and in bondage their White owners renamed such people negro/nigger/boy/girl/guinea, whatever the Whites thought derisively appropriate.
The 'business model' was that Salif Keita would come to the fore to sing the Manding songs; Ousmane Dia would sing the Wolof numbers from Senegal; and Moussa 'James Brown' Doumbia deliver the funk and soul that came from the US.
A Wolof music, it features percussion such as the Tama that often "talks" in a call and response fashion.
Fluent in English, French, basic Spanish and Wolof, she will receive an MSc in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University in 2014.
Though the 54-year-old singer, who was also until recently Senegal's minister of culture, has recordings that sample a mix of jazz, Latin, reggae and pop, all fused with West African sounds, his Omani debut focused primarily on Senegalese music, mostly sung in Wolof, his native language, with a couple that included some verses in English or French.
Definitely so in rural Senegal and even among national policy makers; the author accepts this in noting that the Wolof understanding of democracie is noticeably different from the Western version (pp.
In an effort to reach even more fans, Fall raps his portion in French while Sene's contributions are in the other national language, Wolof.
Already at home with English, French and the West African language Wolof, Zodiac now hopes to take up Swedish.