Definition of Sesotho in English:



  • The South Sotho language of the Basotho people, an official language in Lesotho and South Africa, with over 5 million speakers.

    • ‘And what's its relation to Sesotho and Basotho?’
    • ‘Yes, we were beaten up if we spoke Sesotho at school.’
    • ‘They translated the Bible into Sesotho, taught us how to scribble on slate to represent our language, printed books, and so on.’
    • ‘The leaflets have been published in seven of the eleven official languages, namely: Afrikaans, Tsonga, Sesotho, Zulu, English, Venda and Xhosa.’
    • ‘While her mother tongue is Afrikaans, she speaks some Spanish and some Sesotho, learned while in Maseru.’
    • ‘Check your traffic ticket and see if you notice any Setswana, Sesotho or isiZulu printed with the English.’
    • ‘Diena Louwrens, head of council and committees, says the City has four official languages - Afrikaans, English, isiZulu and Sesotho - and it has been recommended that all official communication use those languages.’
    • ‘‘A woman is the child of her father, her husband and her son,’ goes an old saying in Sesotho, the nation's traditional language.’
    • ‘‘If we sing in Sesotho, it doesn't mean we are singing kwaito music, we just express ourselves better in our own language,’ said Norten.’
    • ‘The Sotho language, or Sesotho, is a Bantu language closely related to Setswana.’


  • Relating to Sesotho.

    • ‘At the living heritage function the Sesotho speakers will show how their food is made and explain their traditions and customs.’
    • ‘I haven't been able to find an equivalent Sesotho proverb.’
    • ‘Then came a Sesotho song ‘Nelson Mandela a hona ya tswanang le wena.’’


The name in Sesotho.