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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.]
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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
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(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.
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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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I remember the woman, sisters, cousins and friends sitting on the matting on the back patio, laughing and talking, all in that strange mixture of French and Wolof. I was smiling with them, not understanding, but feeling that I understood, sitting there drinking in their warmth.
--I don't speak Wolof, Monsieur, he says in French.
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Dobet's subsequent arts education is conveyed in the subtle and sometimes overt layers of African rhythms interwoven throughout her music and in her ability to sing in the indigenous Ivorian languages of Dida and Malinke, Senegal's Wolof, Benin's Fon, Congo's Lingala and South Africa's Xhosa, as well as French.
Les radios communautaires, telles Beur FM et Radio Latina, voient aussi le jour, et des centaines de stations associatives de proximitE[umlaut], telles Radio Gazelle Ea Marseille et Radio Rencontre Ea Dunkerque, offrent des programmes - et des chansons - destinE[umlaut]s aux populations d'origine E[umlaut]trangE re : en portugais, en espagnol, en arabe, en wolof..., mais aussi en breton ou en catalan !
"If you do it [in The Gambia] I will slit your throat," President Yahya Jammeh said in a public speech in the Wolof language, cited by VICE News.
Chapter 2 deals with the complicated alliance between the Catholic missions and the non-Muslim Sefer against Muslim Wolof colonial intermediaries (and even colonial officials themselves).
Diouf a enjambe le Sahara pour puiser aux sources du savoir de l'illustre fils de Cordoue, l'elixir regenerateur d'un humanisme parfaitement conciliable avec les valeurs de l'heritage Wolof et musulman dont il se reclame[beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il dit au sujet du laureat de la rive sud.