Definition of Setswana in English:



mass noun
  • The Bantu language of the Tswana people, related to the Sotho languages and spoken by over 4 million people in southern Africa. It is one of the official languages of South Africa.

    Also called Tswana
    • ‘Her poems are crafted about the identity of black people in South Africa and she writes in Setswana and Sepedi.’
    • ‘Brochures, written in Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Setswana, are available from all the city's clinics and hospitals.’
    • ‘A variety of documentaries, some in Setswana, Zulu and Afrikaans, have been organised by the SABC, and will be shown at The Mandela Cell, Number Four.’
    • ‘If this gentleman could speak Setswana - as one would expect a radio presenter to be able to do - it would not have been necessary to spend more than a year on training him.’
    • ‘Seboko, whose first name means simply ‘woman’ in the local language Setswana, is not just the first female chief of her tribe, which is one of the eight major tribes of Botswana, she is also the first female to be appointed paramount chief.’
    • ‘He took to the podium like an experienced campaigner, displaying his oratorical flair in eloquent Setswana to appeal to the predominantly Tswana audience.’
    • ‘Go to court, and you will see that the official language of oppression is still the main lingo; check your traffic ticket and see if you notice any Setswana, Sesotho or isiZulu printed with the English.’
    • ‘Ninety percent of the population is said to speak Setswana.’
    • ‘The human rights organisation claimed that the men spoke Secherechere, a San dialect, and at the time of their trial understood neither Setswana (the language of Botswana) nor any language other than their own.’
    • ‘The signs are in English and Setswana - none of the Bushmen in the reserve read either of these languages.’
    • ‘More than isiXhosa or Setswana, Afrikaans, through its historical dominance, has powerful campaigners and a myriad of avenues through which to promote itself.’


The name in Setswana.