Definition of Senufo in US English:



  • 1A member of a people inhabiting parts of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Mali, and Burkina Faso.

    • ‘Among the collection essays, they give magisterial overviews of the arts and conceptual universe of the Yoruba and Senufo.’
    • ‘Other significant ethnic groups include the Bete, Senufo, and Malinke.’
    • ‘In the Baoule village, the women live with their husbands' families; among the Senufo, husbands and wives live separately with men living in rectangular houses and their wives occupying round ones.’
  • 2The Gur language of the Senufo.

    • ‘Other national languages promoted by the DNAFLA include Fulfuldé, Songhai, Senufo, Dogon, Soninké, and Tamasheq.’


  • Relating to the Senufo or their language.

    • ‘There is a balance of power between Poro and Sandogo, the chief patrons of the arts in Senufo communities.’
    • ‘The Baoule live in rectangular structures, while the Senufo compounds are set up in a circle around a courtyard.’
    • ‘He modified these in his well-known catalogue for his 1964 exhibition of Senufo art at the Museum of Primitive Art in New York City.’
    • ‘In Senufo society, divine creation is commemorated by large, sculpted figural pairs that depict a timeless and ideally balanced archetype of humanity.’
    • ‘The climate controlled and expanded permanent galleries will feature three installations with different emphases: textiles of Mali; Mali of the first millennium; and masterpieces of Dogon, Bamana, and Senufo ritual art.’