Definition of Fulani in English:



  • 1A member of a people living in a region of West Africa from Senegal to northern Nigeria and Cameroon. They are traditionally nomadic cattle herders of Muslim faith.

    • ‘To the east live the Fulani (also known as the Peul), who, with 36 percent of the total population, are considered the largest ethnic group in the country.’
    • ‘Originating from the Fulani of Northern Nigeria, the dance is performed with rattles on the dancers' feet.’
    • ‘Beginning in 1966 there were pogroms by Hausa and Fulani in northern Nigeria against Nigerians who had moved there for work from the more developed south.’
    • ‘Despite the ban, the practice has become increasingly prevalent, especially among the Fulani, Mandingo and Fula tribes of southern Casamance province.’
    • ‘In September and December 2002 the Fulani were reported to have suffered heavy losses during attacks upon them.’
    • ‘The social structure of the pastoral Fulani is egalitarian, in marked contrast to that of other Muslim groups, such as the Hausa, and to most sedentary Fulani.’
    • ‘Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, Soninke, and Songhai lived side by side, in peace and harmony, bound together by their belief in Allah, the Qur'ân and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.’
    • ‘This group, several million strong, consists of ethnic Hausa and Fulani whose ancestors were from Nigeria, Mali and Niger and settled in Sudan either on their way to Mecca or as labourers for colonial-era cotton schemes.’
    • ‘Ahmadou Ahidjo, a French-educated Fulani, was chosen president of the federation in 1961.’
    • ‘The visitor season in Niger begins in September with the Cure Salle festival at Ingal, a natural meeting point between the cattle-grazing Fulani and the Tuareg lands to the north.’
    • ‘The dry, open grasslands of the savanna make cereal farming and herding a way of life for the Hausa and the Fulani.’
    • ‘Among the nomadic Fulani, there are many stories pertaining to their cattle and migrations.’
    • ‘The findings from the blood samples showed that the daily protein intake of the Fulani was higher than U.S.-recommended levels.’
    • ‘Reisman's work among the Fulani provides another example.’
    • ‘The southerners were the victim of a tradition of slave raiding by such northern groups as the Barma, Fulani, Bagirmi, Tubu, and Maba; this has left deep scars in the fabric of Chadian society.’
    • ‘The subtitle of the volume proclaims a study of the Fulani in Ghana.’
    • ‘Low levels also occur in other populations that rely extensively on milk in their diet (like the Fulani of Western Africa, and it is believed, Khoi pastoralists of Southern Africa).’
    • ‘There, in 1898, he raised the West African Frontier Force, which prevented French and German expansion in the area, and defeated the Fulani.’
    • ‘The black African group includes the Fulani, Soninke, and Bambara.’
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    another term for Fula
    • ‘Oh it's beautiful Lots of singers, mainly sing in the Wolof language But Balanta, Balanta is from the people of tribes who sing in the Fulani language.’
    • ‘The major languages are English (official language), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Fulani.’


The name in Hausa.