Meaning of Lesotho in English:


Pronunciation /ləˈsuːtuː/

proper noun

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

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