Definition of Lesotho in US English:


proper noun

  • A landlocked mountainous country that forms an enclave in South Africa; population 2,100,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Maseru; official languages, Sesotho and English.

The region was settled by the Sotho people in the 16th century and came under British rule (as Basutoland) in 1868. It became an independent kingdom within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1966, changing its name to Lesotho