Definition of Hutu in US English:



  • A member of a Bantu-speaking people forming the majority population in Rwanda and Burundi. They are traditionally a farming people, and were historically dominated by the Tutsi people; the antagonism between the peoples led in 1994 to large-scale ethnic violence, especially in Rwanda.

    • ‘The demarcation line between Hutus and Tutsis was then blurred, and clear ethnic categories had not developed.’
    • ‘The Hutus and Tutsis have a longstanding history of ethnic differences, which has split not only Burundi, but extends into Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.’
    • ‘Altogether some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus are estimated to have been killed in Rwanda's genocide.’
    • ‘Tensions between the Tutsis and the Hutus, the two largest ethnic groups in Rwanda, had been simmering for years.’
    • ‘Tutsis and Hutus remain the two main ethnic groups.’


  • Relating to the Hutu.

    • ‘And there is still one Hutu rebel group that refused to join the peace process.’
    • ‘Burundian officials and witnesses said the Burundian rebels were accompanied by Hutu extremists based in Congo.’
    • ‘Officials blamed Hutu extremists from across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo.’
    • ‘After the defeat of the regime two million Hutu refugees fled to neighbouring countries fearing retribution.’
    • ‘However, he has convinced the area that he is the most important Hutu leader and the most credible representative of his people.’


A local name.