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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.
There is a show of quit order to Ibos by Hausas in Kaduna in the novel.
It is between Fulani and Fulanis; it is between Hausa and Hausas, between Igbos and Igbos.
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.
In the 1960s, thousands of southern Igbos living in the north were slaughtered by indigenous Hausas. More than a million Nigerians lost their lives in the civil war of 1967-70, when the Igbos of Biafra attempted to secede.
Right from the beginning of the missionary work in Igboland, the missionaries attempted to offer the people basic literacy in their native language as they also did among the Hausas and Yoruba.
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
* The introduction of Islamic Sharia law in three of the northern states of Nigeria in February sparked brutal riots and massacres in which hundreds of predominantly Christian Ibos from the south were killed by local Hausas, who are almost all Muslims.
The story of Nigerian and Nigerien thus seems well on the way to becoming the tale of two Hausas. Today it may well be called 'Nigeria' in Southern Niger but in Northern Nigeria the preferred name for Niger remains, as for almost a century, 'Faranshi'.