Definition of Hausa in English:



  • 1A member of a people of northern Nigeria and adjacent regions.

    • ‘The Africans began to see themselves not as Hausas, Igbos, or Yorubas, but as Nigerians in a common struggle against their colonial rulers.’
    • ‘In the context of extreme material deprivation throughout Niger, most Hausa perceive that rural to urban migration, at least on a seasonal basis, provides the only possible means to earn cash to survive.’
    • ‘Masar represents a site of cultural convergence where Afro-Islamic populations, such as the Hausas, interact with other African and non-African populations.’
    • ‘The Hausas dominate Nigeria's north, the Yorubas the southwest.’
    • ‘Ethnic competition among its major ethnic groups, namely, Hausas, Ibos, and Yorubas, as well as between the major groups and the increasingly restive minorities, remain intractable problems.’
  • 2mass noun The Chadic language of the Hausa, spoken by some 30 million people, mainly in Nigeria and Niger, and used as a lingua franca in parts of West Africa.

    • ‘Over half the population of Niger speak Hausa while an even greater number exist in the northern states of Nigeria.’
    • ‘English became the shared language of the colonial establishment and a Western-educated élite, while such African lingua francas as Hausa and Swahili continued to serve the everyday needs of the masses.’
    • ‘In northern Nigeria many people who are not ethnic Hausas speak both Hausa and their own tribal language.’
    • ‘In West Africa, Hausa is often the language of choice.’
    • ‘Afaan Oromoo is the third most widely spoken language in Africa, after Arabic and Hausa.’


  • Relating to the Hausa or their language.

    • ‘In addition to re-enacting the importance of gold in Afro-Islamic transactions, the incident also foregrounds the significance of gold in Hausa culture as a gift of love from a man to a woman.’
    • ‘Hunter and Oumarou argue that Hausa awareness of the power of language is reflected in a vast repertoire of metalanguage as well as several proverbs expressing the volatility of this power.’
    • ‘Ibrahim broke with tradition again when she chose a White person - or bature, in the Hausa language - as her second husband.’
    • ‘I came away with a pocketful of Hausa crosses¹ and some heavy old copper ankle bracelets which I hoped dated back to the time when copper formed the coinage of bartering.’
    • ‘In the Hausa language, for instance, there is no word for a woman who has reached adulthood but has never been married.’


The name in Hausa.