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 (hou′sə, -zə)
n. pl. Hausa or Hau·sas
1. A member of a predominantly Muslim people inhabiting northern Nigeria and southern Niger.
2. A Chadic language spoken by the Hausa, widely used as a trade language in West Africa.

[Hausa háusáawáa, pl. of bàháušè, a Hausa.]


npl -sas or -sa
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in N Nigeria
2. (Languages) the language of this people: the chief member of the Chadic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is widely used as a trading language throughout W Africa and the S Sahara


(ˈhaʊ sə, -sɑ, -zə)

n., pl. -sas, (esp. collectively) -sa.
1. a member of an African people of N Nigeria and S Niger.
2. the Chadic language of the Hausa, a second language and lingua franca in N Nigeria, Niger, and adjacent countries.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hausa - a member of a Negroid people living chiefly in northern NigeriaHausa - a member of a Negroid people living chiefly in northern Nigeria
Nigerian - a native or inhabitant of Nigeria
2.Hausa - the chief member of the Chadic family of Afroasiatic languages; widely used as a trading language
West Chadic - a group of Chadic languages spoken in northern Nigeria; Hausa in the most important member
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On his arrival he had simply marched into the place at the head of his columns of Hausas without ceremony, almost as a master, into the very presence of the King.
The Igbo ethnic group had a 73 per cent higher likelihood of OAG than the Hausa (reference group); and when adjusted for gender, Igbo men were 2.
6pc of Hausa women from the poorest rural households.
Hausa and kanuri material collected by germanophone, British, And french scholars for linguistic study between 1772 and 1913 in west and north africa, England, And brazil cries out for collaboration between historians, Linguists, And anthropologists.
Covering aspects of interest to both typologists and theoretical linguists, the book offers an account of the differing linguistic expressions of causal situations in Hausa.
The presidential message, however, was delivered in Hausa, a language that is mainly spoken in Nigeria's north by some 40 million native speakers.
By the way, the news and articles on the website are available in both English and Hausa languages.
Furthermore, the Hausa states were not converted to Islam through the jihad, as Barcia claims (p.
5), to join its predecessors of language, namely English, French, Urdu, Indonesian, Turkish and Hausa, for a total of seven language.
The suspects, who speak Arabic, Djerma and Hausa local languages, were taken into custody on Nov.
Under this agreement, financial details of which were not available, SES will be providing broadcast capacity to deliver a Canal 3 pay TV channels bouquet in Hausa, Savanna, Wolof and French languages across West Africa.