Definition of Mossi in English:


nounPlural Mossis

  • A member of a people of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Their language is More.

    • ‘All Mossi prefer death to humiliation, and so when he was sent a poison arrow and a rope by the Minister of the Interior, he immediately chose to prick his own thigh with the arrow (as opposed to being hanged).’
    • ‘Until the end of the 19th century, the history of Burkina Faso was dominated by the empire-building Mossi.’
    • ‘Roy knew far less than I did about the Mossi of Burkina Faso when I defended my dissertation in 1979.’


  • Relating to the Mossi.

    • ‘Even so, Mossi culture shows Muslim influences.’
    • ‘Northern Mossi kingdoms date back to the thirteenth century.’
    • ‘The French administered the area indirectly through Mossi authorities until independence was achieved on August 5, 1960.’
    • ‘At his funeral, Mossi men dance with calabash rattles.’
    • ‘Mossi society differentiates between aristocrats, commoners, and slaves or captives (Yemse).’
    • ‘Their four sons divided the Mossi nation between them.’
    • ‘Before French colonization in the 19th century the region was ruled by a number of Mossi states.’
    • ‘Thus, the issuing of the postage stamp portraying Moro Naba Sagha in 1957 was one more attempt by the French to buy the influence of the Mossi chief in order to perpetuate colonial rule.’


The name in More.