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(Placename) the former name (until 1966) of Lesotho


(ləˈsu tu, -ˈsoʊ toʊ)

a monarchy in S Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 2,128,950; 11,716 sq. mi. (30,344 sq. km). Cap.: Maseru.Formerly, Basutoland.
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Noun1.Basutoland - a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern AfricaBasutoland - a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
capital of Lesotho, Maseru - the capital of Lesotho; located in northwestern Lesotho
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Basotho - a member of a subgroup of people who inhabit Lesotho
Sotho - a member of the Bantu people who inhabit Botswana, Lesotho, and northern South Africa and who speak the Sotho languages


[bəˈsuːtəʊlænd] N (formerly) → Basutolandia f
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Some aspects of circumcision in Basutoland African Studies 24: 2-4.
Smith observed, "A very large part of [the] fertile area of Basutoland (Lesotho) as recognised by Sir George Napier in the [British] treaty of 1843 was now in the hands of white settlers [in the Orange Free State, parts of Eastern Cape and Gauteng].
Among the works from the gallery's collection is the painting of flooding in Nuneaton by John Woodward Lines, and Richard Henry Smith's 1931 watercolour of Basutoland in South Africa, poignantly painted and sent back to Nuneaton to show his family where he had emigrated to.
Dr R A ('Pom') Moore-Dyke, the anaesthetist in 'Surgery', was born in Morija, Basutoland, in 1901, of missionary stock.
The theological colleges at Adams in Natal and Morija in Basutoland would be relegated to the status of in-service institutions, while able students would be sent to Fort Hare.
It was then known as Bechuanaland, Basutoland, and Swaziland, with the first two renamed after independence, Botswana and Lesotho, respectively.
In those days and in that month there was no country among all those which the Creator of all things had made which was more beautiful than Basutoland.
Despite South African pressure, inhabitants of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Basutoland (now Lesotho), and Swaziland in 1909 asked for and received British assurances that they would not be included in the proposed Union of South Africa.
From 1937 to 1941 he served as an Education Officer for the British Colonial Service in Basutoland and Zanzibar.
Report on Economic Survey Mission (1960), Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland, London: H.
Moshoeshoe, the paramount chief of Basutoland, instead of raining his vengeance on the derelict army which had eaten his father, sent down from his mountain fortress a herd of cattle to the cannibal army with the message that he could not desecrate the graves of his father.
Six people sat down to a meal at the headquarters of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society in Basutoland (Lesotho) in December 1920.