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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Populated by a local people called Adara on one hand and Hausas, Kajuru is still today a town hotly contested for by the two major groups.
If he had been like the other Hausas who work for the Whiteman in Tivland that we know, they extorted from the Tiv a great deal.
The Hausas of the north are often labelled violent and ignorant.
The battleground was the Sabo area of Sagamu, where the Hausas live.
Hausas utilized Ajami to record their language and to compile several written histories, the most popular of which is the Kano Chronicles.
Durante los siglos X y XI, los hausas fueron gobernados sucesivamente por numerosas generaciones de Habe, como se denominaba a las reinas en lenguaje local, cuyo mandato se aceptaba de buen grado por los subditos.
In his highly thoughtful study, Poison and Medicine, Douglas Anthony uses the relationship between Igbos and Hausas in Kano, Nigeria during the period of the Nigerian Civil War to demonstrate that, depending on who wields it, ethnic identity can be used for violence or benevolence.
Yesterday, a mob of Hausas were seen hacking to death a suspected Yoruba militant with cutlasses and machetes.
A youth carrying a machete patrols the streets of the volatile Mushin suburb in Lagos yesterday following clashes between northern Hausas and ethnic Yorubas
In reprisal, the Ibo population harassed Hausas living among them, climaxing in the southeast town of Aba, where witnesses said more than 300 Hausas were massacred.
The story of Nigerian and Nigerien thus seems well on the way to becoming the tale of two Hausas.