Definition of Kiswahili in English:



  • another term for Swahili (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘Most of the inhabitants speak Bantu languages, and Kiswahili, the national language of Tanzania, is also a lingua franca throughout the region.’
    • ‘I interviewed a total of 14 people using both English and Kiswahili.’
    • ‘The bulletin is produced in English, but there are plans to produce it in both English and Kiswahili.’
    • ‘For all trainees the weekly curriculum included classes in English and Kiswahili, music, social and religious education, and traditional crafts.’
    • ‘The official languages are English and Kiswahili.’


From the Bantu prefix ki- (used in names of languages) + Swahili.