Definition of Kirundi in English:



mass noun
  • An official language of Burundi, belonging to the Bantu language family and spoken by around 5 million people.

    • ‘At one point, I sit out on the steps with an older woman and another schoolgirl, both of whom speak French as well as Kirundi.’
    • ‘Both the Hutu and the Tutsi speak Kirundi, a Bantu language.’
    • ‘Ejo in the Kirundi language means both ‘yesterday’ and ‘today’.’
    • ‘There are also some speakers of Kirundi in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Congo-Kinshasa.’
    • ‘Of Kirundi speakers, roughly 84% are Hutu, 15% are Tutsi and 1% of Kirundi speakers are Twa.’