Meaning of Kiswahili in English:



another term for Swahili (sense 1 of the noun)
‘For all trainees the weekly curriculum included classes in English and Kiswahili, music, social and religious education, and traditional crafts.’
  • ‘Most of the inhabitants speak Bantu languages, and Kiswahili, the national language of Tanzania, is also a lingua franca throughout the region.’
  • ‘The official languages are English and Kiswahili.’
  • ‘I interviewed a total of 14 people using both English and Kiswahili.’
  • ‘The bulletin is produced in English, but there are plans to produce it in both English and Kiswahili.’



/ˌkiːswəˈhiːli/ /ˌkɪswɑːˈhiːli/


From the Bantu prefix ki-(used in names of languages) + Swahili.