Definition of Samburu in English:



  • 1A member of a mainly pastoral people of northern Kenya.

    • ‘I doubt if you get the kind of laughter in the slums of Johannesburg or Nairobi that you still experience among the Samburu in Northern Kenya.’
    • ‘The Maasai are speakers of the Maa language, which is also spoken by the Samburu and the Chamus living in central Kenya.’
    • ‘The poorest schools in Kenya are found in the semiarid areas occupied by the nomadic communities like the Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, and Somali.’
    • ‘For instance, the battle dance of the Samburu contains fierce jumping motions, which simulate actions of a raid.’
    • ‘Seneiya is a proud Samburu by birth but her broad-based education has given her a different perspective to her tribal contemporaries.’
  • 2mass noun The Nilotic language of the Samburu.

    • ‘The El Molo mainly speak Samburu now, a slightly different dialect.’
    • ‘Major ethnic languages in Kenya include Kikuyu, Luo, Kiluyia, Kikamba, Samburu, Maasai, and others.’


  • Relating to the Samburu or their language.

    • ‘During the twentieth century, Samburu women started to adopt beaded necklaces, among them the flat necklaces of the Maasai, and gradually stopped making the mporro.’
    • ‘The most beautiful and sympathetic photographs in the book are those of the Samburu people of Kenya - Thesiger's home for 20 years until he retired to Surrey in 1994.’
    • ‘When his saviour, Grace Seneiya, an itinerant teacher in the sacred Samburu lands of northern Kenya, set him free, Mitas could barely walk or talk.’
    • ‘Up to 200 members of the Masai and Samburu communities are seeking compensation for the deaths of as many as 50 people killed by unexploded munitions.’
    • ‘The main lodge stretched above a sandy river bank, shaded by trees where one could look across the river and see Samburu tribesmen and their herds.’


A local name.