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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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This season, the dramatic company will remount its new adaptation of Othello by Pathe Diagne in Wolof.
Languages: Arabic (official and national), Pular, Soninke, Wolof (all national languages), French
Ralph's analysis starts from the dealings in the fifteenth century between John 11 of Portugal and the Wolof King Bemoim, who, converted to Christianity, was then killed in shady circumstances by Portuguese naval commander Pero Vaz da Cunha.
The word 'Jollof' is derived from the Wolof people of Senegambia and the old Jolof Empire, and it is likely that the dish originated in this region and then spread to other parts of West Africa via the trade of the Mali Empire.
Fluent in French, Spanish and Creole, conversant in Wolof, and with training in literstudies and anthropology, she embodied interdisciplinarity well in advance of its present popularity; her work was at the vanguard of most consequential scholarly currents.
In West Africa, whether you are a Yoruba or a Wolof, your lifestyle is the same.
The services are carried out in the form of a three - and - a - half - Is to: - welcome and guide clients - assist with access to postal and banking services - explain and assist clients in order to facilitate postal operations at the counter, writing of printed matter, assist in the use of automatons - Interpreters between the clientele and the staff of La Poste The languages requested for this lot are: Peulh, Malinke, Diaranke, Bambara, Soninke, Mandingo, Wolof, Dioula, Mandarin, Of Paris (75).
Yet, in addition to the two Arabic titles, there are also books translated from Japanese, Korean, and Wolof (Boubacar Boris Diop's Doomi Golo .
What goodness, what many Wolof men still think Rio holds some dream?
Wolof and French are his native languages; the others he has picked up from living in Portugal.
L'Afrique d'aujourd'hui Deux chansons sont des tubes en puissance, [beaucoup moins que] Be Careful [beaucoup plus grand que], un mbalax sautillant aux accents latinos, avec un refrain entetant et un melange de wolof, de francais et d'anglais, et [beaucoup moins que] Ben La [beaucoup plus grand que], rumba congolaise interpretee en duo avec Fally Ipupa, la nouvelle star kinoise.
Yet things are rarely so neat, and nowhere are the overlays of past and present so complex as in the West African capital of Dakar, Senegal--where a heady mix of historical borders and present- day allegiances; of Francophone and Wolof, Pan-Africanism and poststructuralism; of the legacies of colony and metropole, goes deep.