Definition of Setswana in English:

Setswana

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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than isiXhosa or Setswana, Afrikaans, through its historical dominance, has powerful campaigners and a myriad of avenues through which to promote itself.’
    • ‘The signs are in English and Setswana - none of the Bushmen in the reserve read either of these languages.’
    • ‘He took to the podium like an experienced campaigner, displaying his oratorical flair in eloquent Setswana to appeal to the predominantly Tswana audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her poems are crafted about the identity of black people in South Africa and she writes in Setswana and Sepedi.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

  • Relating to Setswana.

    • ‘They gave, as a mnemonic device, new Setswana names for each of the two colors.’
    • ‘More than four-fifths of it is made up of the Kalahari desert, and little grows in a land where water is so scarce its monetary unit is the pula - the Setswana word for ‘rain’.’
    • ‘At the end of each term, those who had done well would receive a prize for their efforts; an atlas, perhaps, or a Setswana Bible, or some other book which would be useful at school.’

Origin

The name in Setswana.

Pronunciation:

Setswana

/setˈswänə/